Posted June 13, 2013

Dodgers seeking revenge against Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy

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The Dodgers and Diamondback could be looking at suspensions after last night's brawl. (AP Photo)

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks could be looking at suspensions after last night’s brawl. (AP Photo)

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy might want to be cautious the next time he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers are upset after Kennedy set off a benches-clearing brawl during last night’s 5-3 loss after he hit Dodgers rightfielder Yasiel Puig in the face in the sixth inning.

That came on a 1-2 count with one out and the bases empty and Arizona leading 2-0. Puig stayed in the game and then Andre Ethier followed with a game-tying home run.

Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was hit between the numbers by a Zack Greinke fastball on a 2-1 count. That resulted in the benches clearing but no actual fighting.

PHOTO GALLERY: Notorious Basebrawls  

Greinke was then hit in the left shoulder by the first pitch he saw from Kennedy in the bottom of the seventh, a fastball headed straight for his head.

“You hit our guy, we hit yours, that’s the way it should be,” Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz said to the Los Angeles Times. “But [Kennedy] took it another level, so we’ll see him next time. I hope we face him next time.”

“It’s different if it’s a beanball war,” Dodgers utility man Skip Schumaker said. “I’ve been a part of those before. I get it. It’s a part of the game. I liked it. It gets guys going. It gets the fans fired up. I get all that. I love it. But when you start throwing at guys’ heads, it’s a different story.”


15 comments
RichardDaniels
RichardDaniels

“You hit our guy, we hit yours, that’s the way it should be,” Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz said to the Los Angeles TimesYou are right, if you hit someone on purpose, you get one hit. So Kennedy hits one by accident. There should have been no retaliation for it, especially since Kennedy is leading the league, again, in hitting batters because of control issues. So Greinke hits a batter on purpose, and Kennedy retaliates against him by hitting him. Now, you tell me, who was really to blame?

Joe R2
Joe R2

This actually makes baseball interesting

James C
James C

Kennedy flat out screwed up. Things were even before he went high on Greinke. He not only hit the opposing pitcher, but even worse, went after his head. The reaction from Kennedy is not the reaction of a pitcher who had a pitcher get away from him. That was the reaction from someone who knew exactly what he was doing and where he was throwing that ball. 


I personally think batters let too much get to them, because they lean in over the plate. The spot between the batter's box lines belongs to the pitchers. Pitchers can throw into that space, no matter how high. Once the ball goes into the batters box, it is a different story. 

The player I have the most respect for out of this was Montero. His first reaction when the pitch hit Greinke was to make sure Greinke was ok, not to restrain Greinke or go out to protect his pitcher. To me that says he knew Kennedy screwed up on that. 

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

So Kennedy is added to the Dodgers list....  Are they taking on the rants of the manager, again?????   Greinke got into with Quentin, all his fault and Mattingly went nuts....   So now it happens with another team....

6marK6
6marK6

League better set an example or get ready for anarchy


Brett_Buck
Brett_Buck

Agreed to all. Head-hunting, particularly after everything had gotten back to even, was way out of line. I am a little surprised. Everybody knows about Greinke but I had no idea Kennedy was a punk. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Kennedy has to sit for a month. That's the only way these clowns will learn. If the suspension amounts to one or two starts it's meaningless.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Kennedy was head hunting, Was he trying to end another players career, suspend him for 25 games which is missing only 8 pitching turns............

KFW1
KFW1

@Rickapolis No.

One to two games is enough.  He was defending Montero and that's it.  The Dodgers that threw punches, etc. are the ones that need to be suspended for several games.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@RobertJacke The Dodgers are over reacting..he wasn't trying to hit Puig. Grienke is a punk, pure and simple.

train805
train805

I dont think he was trying to hit Puig up high. Kennedys reaction to that pitch says the ball got away from him. The one on Greinke was pathetic. If you see the close up of montero, you can kind of see a dejected look in his eyes, prior to the pitch being delivered. Hitting someone on purpose is one thing, but climbing the ladder and hitting someone above the shoulders is not cool. Its a shame belisario or iribe didnt get to kennedy.

Oh, and i hate the dodgers.

James C
James C

@KFW1 @Rickapolis A month is about right. The suspension should be similar to what a position player gets. A month would equal a 5 game suspension to a position player. Suspending this clown for 25 games should force him to miss 5 starts, the same as a position player being suspended 5 games. 

KFW1
KFW1

@train805 

First off, Greinke deserved the HBP.

Second, he wasn't aiming for his head.  IPK isn't like that.

train805
train805

Why did Greinke deserve to get hit? Puig takes one in the face, so Greinke puts one on the numbers of montero. Montero was cool with it. Shoulda been over right there. Im sure kennedy didnt mean to hit greinke up high, but he did. If you cant place a fastball on the backside of a major league player, you shouldnt be pitching.