The Los Angeles Dodgers escaped Thursday’s showdown against the San Diego Padres with a victory, but it’s doubtful that they’ll look back on the evening as a particularly successful one.
In the bottom of the sixth with his team up by one and a 3-2 count, Zack Greinke nailed Carlos Quentin on the left shoulder with an 89 mile per hour pitch. A model of coolness under pressure and maturity, Quentin charged at L.A.’s $147 million man. They collided like two bulls just in front of the mound; seconds later, the benches cleared.
When it was all said and done, Greinke emerged from the scuffle with a broken collar bone and no immediate return date.
After the game, Don Mattingly, a guy who knows that with his current payroll he has to win this year, said this of Quentin: "He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something's wrong. He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base."
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Thursday night marked the second time in four years that Greinke hit his this largely useless nobody with a stray pitch. Quentin used that as justification for why he reacted the way he did.
“That situation could have been avoided. You'd have to ask Zack about that," he said after the fact.
Following the game, Kemp and Quentin exchanged words while leaving the ballpark. Police and security eventually broke the non-fight up
Thus far, through nine games, the Dodgers are 6-3 on the year and the Padres are 2-7.