Los Angeles Dodgers And San Diego Padres Brawl In California
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres had a heated affair last night in California after Carlos Quentin took exception to being plunked by Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke. Quentin charged the mound in the 6th inning after being struck in the left shoulder on a full count pitch while the Padres trailed the Dodgers 2-1 on the score board. That was the third time in his career that Greinke has beaned the Padres slugger.
Quentin charged at Greinke, who in turn threw down his glove and dropped his shoulder to absorb the charge from Quentin, before both players fell to the ground in the melee.
The incident appeared to be resolved with calmer heads eventually prevailing until Jerry Hairston Jr. came running back onto the field which ignited the benches to clear once again. Dodgers Matt Kemp was irate throughout the entire ordeal swearing at Padres players until finally restrained by Josh Beckett. Kemp had been thrown at earlier in the contest narrowly missing his head.
Qunentin is no stranger to bean balls as he is usually the league leader in plunkings year in and year out, however took exception due to his personal history and repeated chin music from Greinke.
To add insult to injury it is being reported that Greinke broke his collar bone during the brawl which from the replay looks to be when he lowered the boom to block the 240 pound Quentin. That would not be good news for the Dodgers and their faithful at the early stages of a season full of promise.
The two rivals wont have to wait long to rekindle their love affair for one another as they meet again on the 15th April for a three game series in Los Angeles, might be worth marking on your calendar.
At least Padres fans finally had something to cheer about in San Diego.