Former Reds prospect ignites benches-clearing brawl with NL Central rival

Hey Siri, show me a baseball fight.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Jose Siri (22) takes a swing
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Jose Siri (22) takes a swing / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

But it's doubtful that any Cincinnati Reds fan has forgotten the name Jose Siri. With a surname like that, it's easy to remember, right? Siri was part of the Reds' farm system for several seasons before the front office finally grew tired of his unlimited potential being met with high strikeout rates and unsustainable batting averages.

The Reds moved on from Siri several years back, but the outfielder finally made it to The Show with the Houston Astros in 2021. The power and speed combo that Siri showed in the Reds organization became a reality once he joined Houston, but the outfielder was traded to to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2022 and has since become a part-time player for Kevin Cash's squad in Florida.

On Tuesday night, however, Siri was in the middle of a benches-clear brawl against one of the Reds' division rivals. What began with a Siri home run early in the game ended with the former Reds prospect being ejected after coming to blow with Milwaukee Brewers' relief pitcher Abner Uribe.

Former Reds prospect Jose Siri ignites benches-clearing brawl with NL Central rival

Quite frankly, the whole incident escalated after Brewers' starter Freddy Peralta was ejected in the sixth inning. Siri's third-inning home run saw the outfielder take an extended look at his gargantuan blast, so when Peralta hit him with a pitch during a sixth-inning at-bat it drew the attention of the umpiring crew.

Was Peralta purposefully throwing at Siri? It didn't seem that way, but the umpires ejected Peralta anyway and then tossed Brewers manager Pat Murphy. Perhaps warning both benches would have been a better decision, but crew chief Chris Guccione made the call to eject Peralta.

Then, with Uribe on the bump against Siri in the top of the eighth inning, a simple ground ball out saw both the Milwaukee reliever and the Tampa Bay outfielder exchange words when the two met at first base. And from there, it was on. Both Uribe and Siri came to blows, and after being separated by their teammates, they were ejected.

The two teams will meet this afternoon in the series finale. Suspensions have yet to be handed down by Major League Baseball, but you can bet they will be. The Brewers won the game by a final of 8-2, so the longtime Reds prospect didn't really do his former team any favors. The Brewers lead the Reds in NL Central standings by 2.5 games.

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