Padres & Dodgers Brawl
It was the sixth inning, and the Dodgers were leading 2-1. Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin was up to bat when he was hit in the upper part of his left arm with a fastball pitched by Dodgers starter Zack Greinke. Quentin started walking toward the mound when Greinke appeared to say something which ignited Quentin. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Padres then charged Greinke, 6-2, 195 pound, tackled him into the grass as a brawl between both teams broke out.
“That was the final straw,” Quentin said of Greinke’s words. “Look at his body language and look at the video. It’s clear as day.”
Quentin has been hit 115 times with a pitch heading into Thursday’s game, but this was the third time Quentin has been hit by a pitch from Greinke in his career, the last one being in 2009.
“I’ve never hit him on purpose. I never thought of hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but, I mean, that’s not the case,” Greinke said.
Four players were ejected from Thursdays game — Quentin, Greinke, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp and infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.
“Unfortunate situation,” Quentin said. “Myself and Greinke have a history. It dates back a few years. It’s documented. It’s unfortunate about the situation. It could have been avoided.”
While Quentin could be facing a suspension or a fine the Dodgers will be without Greinke for an indefinite amount of time, as Greinke ended up with a broken collarbone. Dodger Manager, Don Mattingly, believes that it’s only fair that Quintin not play as long as Greinke has to sit out.
The Padres face the Dodgers 16 more times this season, including a game Monday this time at the Dodger Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.
The Dodgers went on to win the game, 3-2.
Watch the brawl here: