Ernie Whitt hit his first grand slam and teammate Rance Mulliniks hit a two-run homer to help the Blue Jays to an 8-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday in Toronto.
"I was just looking for a pitch that was up so I could score the runner from third with a sacrifice," said Whitt, whose homer put the Blue Jays ahead by 6-0. "The last thing on my mind was a grand slam."
As he circled the bases, he glared at Boston's starter, Bruce Kison, who had hit George Bell on the helmet with a 2-0 pitch in the fourth inning, starting a brawl.
"The blood was boiling pretty good," said Whitt, who had ducked away from one of Kison's pitches in the second inning. "It's unfortunate that these fights happen, but Kison has been known to throw at guys. If you're going to throw at somebody, you throw at the body and not the head."
After being hit, Bell charged the mound and kicked Kison in the groin as players and coaches from both benches joined the fracas.
Toronto's bullpen coach, John Sullivan, wrestled Kison down. Then Boston's first baseman, Bill Buckner, further enraged the Blue Jays by kicking Sullivan in the face.
"I told him to get off and he ignored me," Buckner said, "so I got him off."
"I don't even know Bell," Kison (3-2) said. "I was just trying to jam him."
The game resumed nine minutes later without Bell.