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MLB missed its chance to punish Astros, so now it’s pitchers’ turn

Tommy Lasorda. Steve Garvey. Fernando Valenzuela. Kirk Gibson. And now … Joe Kelly.

With two wayward pitches, Kelly penciled himself into Dodgers lore Tuesday night, taking decisive action against the Houston Astros. He fired pitches over the head of Alex Bregman and nearly into the teeth of Carlos Correa, setting off a bench-clearing, socially-distanced brawl. And for good measure, he taunted the protesting Astros with an aw, you poor babies scowl.

It’s tough to feel sorry for Houston, which has so far escaped any real on-field retribution after the revelation of its extensive sign-stealing scandal.