Los Angeles • The Dodgers took it personally when Arizona’s Ian Kennedy hit their star rookie Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch. Then they really got mad when Kennedy hit starter Zack Greinke with another high pitch.
Punches replaced pitches at that point as a heated brawl involving players and coaches ensued, resulting in six ejections before the Dodgers rallied to beat the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected in the seventh inning after the prolonged scuffle against a railing that nearly spilled into the stands.
"There were four of us and what, 60 of them?" crew chief Brian Gorman told a pool reporter after the game.
In the top of the seventh, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back — drawing a warning from the umpire — and both teams came charging onto the field, but the scrum broke up quickly with no punches thrown.
"Puig gets hit in the face, Montero gets hit, it should have been really over at this point," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Greinke hitting Montero was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig in bottom of the sixth — the ball deflected off Puig’s shoulder and grazed his nose. It wasn’t broken and he didn’t sustain a concussion, the team said. Puig didn’t appear at his locker after the game to talk with reporters.
"If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside," Mattingly said.
Kennedy said he was just trying to pitch inside to Puig, who came into the game batting .500.
"I thought I got him on the shoulder, but by his reaction, I figure I got him somewhere in the face," he said. "I definitely did not want to hit a guy with two strikes and put somebody like him on base."
Kennedy then hit Greinke in the upper left shoulder — the ball deflected off his helmet — with one out in the seventh and the game tied 2-all. It was the 41st batter Kennedy has hit since the start of 2010.Next Page >
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