It was a wild night in San Diego on Thursday night, as the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up a victory over the Padres. But in the process, they also lost starting pitcher Zack Greinke after a sixth inning fight.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the scoring for the Dodgers, belting a two-run homer in the first inning. Carl Crawford would score on the play to give Los Angeles an early 2-0 lead. That would be their only scoring until the later innings. But the story was Zack Greinke and how his night went from bad to worse.
While scoreless through the first three innings, he had given up a few hits. But a wild pitch in the fourth allowed Jedd Gyorko to score and get the Padres on the board. After a fairly quiet fifth inning, Greinke was about to get a big wake up call.
Carlos Quentin led of the bottom of the sixth with his Padres trailing 2-1 at Petco Park. Greinke threw an 89 MPH fastball that caught Quentin in the shoulder. He charged the mound and sparked a bench-clearing brawl. When he charged, Greinke lowered his shoulder and suffered a fractured left collarbone that forced him out of the game. In addition, there were a number of ejections as a result of the brawl, as home plate umpire Sam Holbrook tossed the following players:
- Padres LF Carlos Quentin
- Dodgers 3B Jerry Hairston
- Dodgers LF Matt Kemp
- Dodgers SP Zack Greinke
It’s been a bad week for Quentin, as this makes twice this week he’s been hit by a pitch. He missed Wednesday’s game after being hit on Tuesday, and then this incident. And it’s just the latest in the history between he and Greinke. Quentin was hit in 2008 and then again in 2009 when he played for the White Sox and Greinke was with Kansas City. Afterwards, Quentin offered his take on the situation:
It’s unfortunate about the situation. It could have been avoided, you can ask Zack about that. For me, I’ve been hit by many pitches in my career. I think you guys know that. I can tell you I’ve never responded in that fashion, so you guys can do your homework on that. For me, the situation is done. That’s it.
After the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a few choice words about what happened. He called the situation “stupid,” and also suggested that Quentin shouldn’t be allowed to play again until Greinke can pitch again.
He left Petco Park in a sling and was scheduled to head back to Los Angeles to be examined by team physicians. The team fears he may not return to the mound until close to the All Star Break, depending on the results of testing.
Chris Capuano had to come in for the injury substitution and replace Greinke, while Alex Amarista would be called on as a pinch-runner for Quentin. Later in the inning, Yonder Alonso would get an RBI single to post San Diego’s only other run of the game.
Greinke and Padres starter Jason Marquis both went five innings and allowed just two runs each. Both fell just shy of being eligible for a win. The Dodgers had to use up a large portion of their bullpen, going through six pitchers throughout the game.
With the game tied 2-2, Juan Uribe fired what would be the deciding shot of the game. With one out in the top of the eight, Uribe hit a solo home run to give the Dodgers the lead. It would allow Kenley Jansen to come on in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the save for Los Angeles.
These two teams will head their separate ways for the weekend, as the Dodgers head to Chase Field to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Padres go home to meet the Colorado Rockies.
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