On Monday night, the Pirates and Reds played 14 taut innings. Not only was it a back-and-forth affair for much of the night, but there was also controversy during and after the game.

It seemingly began in the eighth inning, when Reds second baseman and firebrand Brandon Phillips was plunked by Pittsburgh right-hander Jared Hughes (here's the video at MLB.com). Both benches were warned, and comments and glares were exchanged. Still, it seemed pedestrian enough, as near-brawls go.