Things got ugly in the sixth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres game Thursday night when Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pegged Carlos Quentin. After a bench-clearing brawl, Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone, which is his non-throwing arm.
No timetable has been announced, but an injury like that typically takes six-to-eight weeks to rehab. The clash continued after the game. Matt Kemp faced off with Quentin and Padres teammate Clayton Richard while leaving the stadium, and both sides pointed blame at each other during interviews.
Here's how it all started: Quentin charged the mound. Greinke tossed his glove and lowered his shoulder. The two of them crashed into each other like it was a football game. The benches cleared. Bullpens too. Things calmed down a bit, while players, coaches and umpires yelled at each other. Then the two sides attempted a Round 2.
[Related: Photos from the Dodgers-Padres brawl]
Matt Kemp was very visibly upset — he was almost hit earlier in the game. Angry Matt Kemp gave us the best moment in all this ugly. That's Dodgers announcer Vin Scully quoting Kemp as saying "That's fertilizer" when he's very obviously saying something more explicit. Scully was in classic form here, calling the fight as if it were a boxing match.
Quentin, Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. were ejected. Greinke was too, but would have otherwise left because of his injury. The Dodgers went on to win the game 3-2 after an eighth inning Juan Uribe home run.
Greinke and Quentin have history with each other. Greinke's hit Quentin three times, including a 2009 beaning that almost led to a fight. Here's video. Quentin has been hit a league-high 97 times since 2008.
Greinke said he didn't hit Quentin on purpose. Here's his quote on that, plus the best moments from a wild night of post-game interviews:
Don Mattingly: Carlos Quentin shouldn't play a game until Greinke can pitch. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 12, 2013
"I never hit him on purpose. He always seem to think I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case." -Zack Greinke — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 12, 2013
Quentin: "It's unfortunate. It could have been avoided. You can ask Zack about that." — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 12, 2013
Mattingly on Matt Kemp, one of three ejected: "once he knew Zack was hurt, he lost it — Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 12, 2013
Hairston said one of the Padres was making fun of Greinke having a hurt shoulder, that's when Hairston 'lost it' — Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 12, 2013
Greinke on bad blood between LAD and SD: "Now there probably is. I don't know if there was beforehand." — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) April 12, 2013
Zack Greinke was asked if he wanted to fight Carlos Quentin. "I can't remember the last time I wanted to get in a fight with someone." — Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 12, 2013
Matt Kemp and Carlos Quentin exchanged angry words in the clubhouse tunnel moments ago, being separated by teammates. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 12, 2013
Matt Kemp confronted Carlos Quentin as the 2 were leaving Petco Park. Clayton Richard, cops, security broke it up.
— Bernie Wilson (@berniewilson) April 12, 2013
As Quentin walked into the parking lot, Kemp told him, "We'll see, bitch." — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 12, 2013
Matt Kemp: "I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford...I heard there's some smart people at Stanford. That wasn't too smart." — Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 12, 2013
Indeed, the Dodgers and Padres do meet again on Monday, which is Jackie Robinson Day in baseball.
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