Machado grounded out for the second out of the inning and while running through the first base bag, he made contact with the back of Aguilar's foot. Aguilar appeared upset and the two exchanged words.
The benches cleared and Machado was suspended for five games, although he initially said the bat slipped out of his hands accidentally.
Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 after being called out on strikes to end the fifth inning in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. He found himself at the center of controversy during Game 3 after he engaged in two aggressive slides.
Machado had already raised eyebrows when he defended his failure to run hard on a ground ball in Game 2. He got the last laugh in the 13th inning when he came around to score from second on Cody Bellinger's single to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win and even the NLCS at 2-2, ending the 5-hour, 15-minute affair.
But Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich described it as "a dirty play by a dirty player" as part of an expansive condemnation of Machado. "I don't know", Counsell said. Machado said they go back to their days in the minors.
When asked about Yelich ripping him, Machado did not seem concerned. Repeat it over and over and over again, you're just a dirty player.
It's not the first time Machado's intentions have been questioned during the series. "I don't know, call it what you want. You have 30 owners - all want you right now", he said.
After the game, Machado took issue with calling the play dirty, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Manny Machado has 10 hits and is batting.250 over his past 10 games for Los Angeles. But Brewers manager Craig Counsell did hint his team will keep Machado's tactics in mind - when the stakes are lower.