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Yasiel Puig gets beaned, setting off two bench-clearing shoving matches by Dodgers and D-backs

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

The lesson from Tuesday's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game: If you hit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch, things are going to get ugly.

Puig was beaned by Arizona Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning, setting off a series of confrontations between the two teams that led to two more hit batters, two bench-clearing skirmishes and six ejections. Also in the middle of the drama: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who famously pegged Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres, starting a brawl between those two teams in April.

After Puig was hit — which was a scary moment, no doubt about it — he stayed in the game. If things had stopped there, we'd simply be celebrating his toughness. Instead, Greinke pegged D-backs catcher Miguel Montero in the next inning. Benches cleared, but nothing really happened. A little bit of shoving, but nothing more than what we saw Monday night in the Red Sox-Rays game.

When Greinke came out to bat in the bottom of the seventh, it was a curious move. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had to sense that retaliation might be coming. Greinke had already missed a good chunk of time this season after getting injured in the previous brawl. Sure enough, Kennedy hit Greinke and the benches cleared again. Here's the video:

This wasn't on the level of Padres-Dodgers brawl, but there were some heated moments:

• Puig in the middle of the fray, showing he was ready to fight for the team he's been with only a week.

• Mark McGwire and Matt Williams holding each other tight and McGwire looking like he was ready to change from Bruce Banner to the Incredible Hulk at any moment.

• D-backs first-base coach Turner Ward getting a whooping.

• Don Mattingly throwing Alan Trammell to the ground. (Here's a GIF)

When it was over, Puig, Mattingly, Kennedy, Turner, Dodgers pitcher Ronald Belisario and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson were ejected.

The Dodgers' Twitter account, which trolled the Padres hard during their fight, threw itself into the (virtual) mix this time too, with a nod to Gibson and the D-backs' "gritty" reputation:

Oh, and the game? It was tied 2-2 when all the drama went down. The D-backs scored once in the top of the eighth, but the Dodgers responded with three in the bottom of the eighth on a Tim Federowicz double to eventually win 5-3. There were no more confrontations, although Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was hit in the bottom of the eighth. Everybody stayed in their dugouts that time.

 

Here are some interesting tweets from the post-game interviews:

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