San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (middle right) and Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (left) tangle as Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (right) and Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso (right background) join in the bench clearing fight during the sixth inning after Quentin was hit by a pitch at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - In the bottom of the sixth inning of
Thursday's contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, a
bench-clearing brawl broke out between both clubs.
To make matters worse for the Dodgers, starter Zack Greinke suffered a
fractured left collarbone during the incident, the team announced after the
Greinke, who gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out
four batters in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory, was injured as a result of a tussle
with San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Greinke threw an inside fastball that hit Quentin in the upper left back area
on a 3-2 pitch. Immediately, the two began verbally arguing before both
charged at each other.
"I never hit him on purpose," Greinke said after the game." He always seem to
think I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case."
Quentin and Greinke collided near the mound and both team's benches cleared,
creating a large pile. After umpires and coaches alike attempted to break up
the fight, both teams eventually went back to their respected dugouts.
Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston and other San Diego players continued to
argue with each other and some pushing and confrontation continued yet again.
Play resumed after the incident lasted roughly 10-plus minutes. Greinke left
due to the injury and was not ejected, but Hairston, fellow Dodgers center
fielder Matt Kemp, and Quentin were ejected from the game.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the righty will return to Los Angeles to
see Dr. Neal Elattrache Friday. The skipper was also critical of Quentin's
"(Quentin) should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," an upset Mattingly
said. "He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base.
You know (Greinke's) not throwing at you if it's 3-2. That's zero
understanding of baseball."
The Sports Network