Joe Kelly sent a 96 mph fastball whizzing behind the head of Alex Bregman in the sixth inning Tuesday. A baseball-starved populace anticipating fireworks between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros held its collective breath.
Kelly, the hard-throwing Dodgers reliever prone to occasional wildness, let out a demonstrative yawn. Moments later, after a few more brush-back pitches, Kelly mocked Carlos Correa with a pouty face as he walked off the mound after striking Correa out and shared some choice words, prompting both benches to clear and offering a brief snapshot of the tension that still lingers between these teams.
Kelly wasn't on the 2017 Dodgers, who lost in the World Series to an Astros team that was later penalized for stealing signs. But he was on a Red Sox team that lost to the Astros in the first round of that year's postseason and beat them in the American League Championship Series the following year.
Kelly denied any intent with his pitches after the Dodgers victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston, saying, "My accuracy isn't the best."
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