Brawl breaks out after Dodgers’ Zack Greinke plunks Padres’ Carlos Quentin
A massive brawl broke out between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
The Padres’ Carlos Quentin was up to bat with Zack Greinke on the mound for the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning when Greinke plunked Quentin in the arm. Quentin didn’t appreciate getting hit (he leads the majors in hit-by-pitches since 2008) and charged the mound.
As the video shows, Greinke dropped his shoulder and the two began to wrestle as their teammates piled over them. Greinke appeared hurt from the impact and Chris Capuano came in to relieve him once the dust settled. The Dodgers later said Greinke fractured his left collarbone during the skirmish.
It is unclear if Greinke was officially ejected, since Capuano was given all the time he needed to warm up, which normally indicates a player left the game due to injury. Quentin, on the other hand, was ejected.
Everything appeared to be clear as the umpires gathered to discuss what to do and the field was cleared, but then the benches and bullpens emptied a second time when Dodgers outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. rushed toward the Padres’ dugout. Hairston Jr. was also ejected.
Meanwhile, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was still upset and could be seen saying something to the umpires and teammate Andre Ethier. Kemp had been pitched up and in earlier in the game and, as the video shows, was irate throughout the whole ordeal. Some replays show he may have even put his hands on an umpire. If so, a long suspension is likely coming. Kemp was also ejected for participating in the scrum and Skip Schumaker came in to replace him in centerfield.
There’s a bit of history between Greinke and Quentin. Greinke plunked Quentin in 2009 while they were both in the American League with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox, respectively. A fight was narrowly avoided that time around because the home plate umpire stepped in between the two before things escalated.
The Dodgers would go on to win Thursday’s game 3-2.