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Diamondbacks, Dodgers brawl after Zack Greinke gets drilled

Jun 12, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

Miguel Montero, Yasiel Puig Getty Images

The fourth hit by pitch of Tuesday’s game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers finally did the trick; Ian Kennedy nailed Zack Greinke in the shoulder in the bottom of the seventh, touching off a modest brawl.

Punches were thrown after the benches and bullpens cleared, but most of the action was limited to yelling and shoving. Actually, the confrontation between Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and third-base coach Matt Williams was the most interesting to follow, as McGwire was holding both guys and looked like he wanted to throw some punches.

Watch the entire brawl here

Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross was the first batter hit tonight, and the Diamondbacks responded by hitting Yasiel Puig in the sixth. Greinke came back and drilled Miguel Montero in the back in top of the seventh. Both of those latter two appeared intentional, and the benches cleared after Montero was hit. Given what was most likely coming, it was pretty surprising Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sent Greinke out to hit in the bottom of the seventh. Sure enough, the first pitch was right up by his head and he took it off the shoulder, not far from where his left collarbone was broken after Carlos Quentin charged the mound back in April.

Kennedy is a lock for a suspension after making that throw, and MLB should ensure that it’s a good one. It’s one thing to intentionally hit someone, but there’s no excuse for going anywhere near a guy’s head. While pitchers are never suspended for more than one start for on-field incidents, MLB should make a statement and sit Kennedy for at least 12 games.

Greinke is also due a suspension for his intentional plunking of Montero, even if he wasn’t thrown out. It looked like he’d leave after the HBP, but he came back out of the dugout and stayed in to run. He even tried a takeout slide at second on a double-play ball afterwards. He didn’t come back out for the eighth, though.

Puig, who was ejected, could also get suspended for 2-5 games based on his actions as one of the instigators in the scrum. Dodgers relievers J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario also made themselves front and center in the mix and should be looking at bans.

It’s probably safe to say Gibson and McGwire are looking at one- or two-game suspensions as well. Mattingly, for what it’s worth, was not ejected from the game.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    So yet another game in which Grienke is pitching, a beanball war ensues, and most of the comments say it’s everyone else’s fault. Of course. Grienke hitting two Diamondbacks hitters during the game was fine. So was Mattingly sending him out to hit. Poor Zack, I just don’t know why people keep throwing at him this year, he’s just the most innocent pitcher around. It’s not like this whole thing could have been avoided by either team, not just the Diamondbacks.

    • nategearhart - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      The Ross hit was unintentional. It absolutely should have stopped after that, but you can’t point at that as some kind of jerk move.

    • lukemc18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You clearly didn’t watch the game. Greinke had to protect the kid so he man’d up and did it even though he just got broken in a similar incident. He was a tough teammate. I honestly believe Kennedy missed hitting Puig, but the Dodgers have to make sure it was an accident. What if Greinke had hit Goldschmidt in the face? Would anyone care if it was an accident?

      Kennedy went above and beyond hitting Greinke. That was just picking a fight.

  2. thomas844 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The whole “retaliation” thing is so stupid. Just shut up, jog to first base, and play baseball.

    • lukemc18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Say that when your teammate gets hit in the face with a heater.

  3. tanzkommandant - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Lost in all of this is the horrible piece of officiating during an earlier Puig at bat. Fagan, a known bigot, lost track of the number of balls & strikes. Montero protested & requested that the racially biased Fagan get help from the rest of the crew. After allowing their egos to decide they could not make the right call, Puig remained at bat & got at least one additional strike. Even Vin Scully was confused as he called him out & then had to adjust. When will Fagan be brought to task for his skewed & warped agenda?

    • HitsDingers - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Are you Clint Fagan’s African-American baby mama twice scorned or something? This is becoming a theme.
      Furthermore, are you suggesting that the bigot gave an extra strike to a guy who looks like this?

    • lukemc18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      If Fagan was a bigot, why would he give an extra strike Puig, an Afro-Cuban Rookie Sensation. Are you telling me that Fagan was racially biased against Montero but not Puig?

  4. orangandblack - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    The one thing I’m taking away from this brawl……Matt Williams is a cool, calm mofo

  5. dutchman1350 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Kennedy lead MLB in hit batters, since last year. I’m sure LA is tired of it.

    Mattingly sent ZG up there because zack wanted to hit and show he wasn’t afraid. I think Donnie used it as an opportunity to build the team chemistry, knowing they would throw at ZG. These kind of “fights” do help the locker room and chemistry of teams.

  6. jimmyt - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Just a little left over Roid Rage from McGwire and Gibson.

    • beebopthearcher - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Since when was Kirk Gibson on steroids?

      • lukemc18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Yeah, booze was his poison

  7. mjhutmkr - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Love those Diamondbacks!!!

  8. omniusprime - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    This is why I don’t watch or care for MLB. Nothing but a bunch of crazed overgrown children would keep doing these phony sissy almost-fights. These overpaid scum are supposed to be role models for our children? No wonder our kids are growing up so arrogant and ignorant. Even worse are McGwire and Gibson, these are supposed to be grown adults but they sure don’t act like it. I’m ashamed that the Dodgers hired that steroid-cheating McGwire, he should never be allowed to be involved with MLB, just proves how corrupt MLB is.

    • yashraba - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      you don’t care for or watch MLB yet at 9am you’re on an exclusivley MLB blog talking about said MLB?

    • beebopthearcher - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I’m ashamed that the Dodgers hired that steroid-cheating McGwire, he should never be allowed to be involved with MLB

      So…it’s fine for MLB to ignore a steroid problem they almost surely had to know about
      It’s fine to hire players who absolutely knew about the steroid issue and did nothing about it at all.
      It’s not fine to hire a player who admitted steroid use and apologized for it.

      Just want to straighten this yet. Understand the world-view of a crazy person can be quite confusing you now.

      • beebopthearcher - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM


        • Retired third baseman Matt Williams, a five-time All-Star who played 17 seasons in the majors, purchased $11,600 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach clinic in 2002. Williams, the cornerstone of the San Francisco Giants’ infield for a decade, was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks at the time. His last season was 2003; he is now a broadcaster for the Diamondbacks.

        I’m expecting you to decry the hiring of Matt Williams *any second* now.

    • justinnoah - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      So it’s not the parents fault, it’s those overpaid athletes who are ruining our kids. Thanks.

    • sabatimus - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Hah! I thumbed you down, so now your line reads 666.

    • lukemc18 - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      BOOO! This brawl was what’s great about MLB, and why I still watch it in spite of MLB’s corruption and Steroid Shame.

  9. jeffchadwick - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    So that’s what Steve Sax is doing these days.

  10. 13arod - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    the funniest part was mark and gibsion fighting with each other

  11. sleepyirv - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    So did the umpires take the night off or something? Someone needed to take control of the situation.

  12. caeser12 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Nobody wanted a piece of Don Baylor, not even McGuire.

    • brookwell2013 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      That man Baylor should lay off the burgers and fries; what a fat slob, jeez

  13. caeser12 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Until MLB starts making pitchers miss STARTS and not GAMES, the suspensions will continue to mean nothing.

    • wynams - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I think most people involved in these suspensions can multiply by 5

  14. sfm073 - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    MLB needs to do what the nba did and make it an automatic suspension for any player leaving the bench.

    • badintent - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Great idea, But That’s way too complicated for Bud to figure out. Call Dave Stern to explain it to him.

  15. ndrick731 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I guess Maguire still thinks he has power left from all the steroids he took in the past. I would have loved to see him in Gipson go at it. They would’ve needed multiple ambulances to take all his parts to the hospital after Gibson finished with him.

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