Friday, April 12, 2013
Carlos Quentin Charges Zack Greinke, Breaks His Collarbone
Tensions boiled over in San Diego on Thursday night. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke plunked Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin in the elbow during the bottom of the sixth inning, and Quentin was none too happy about that.
Benches cleared as Quentin bull-rushed Greinke, actually breaking the pitcher's collarbone in the process. According to Quentin, he was pushed over the edge when Greinke said something to him as he was instructed to take his base.
"That was the final straw," Quentin said, although what was actually said between the two in unknown.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis wrapped up Quentin and took him down as the mob moved in. Along with the enraged batter and "instigating" pitcher -- as the umpires officially ruled it -- Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. were ejected from the contest. Kemp and Hairston came into the pile of players and, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, when Kemp learned that Greinke suffered an injury, he "kind of lost it."
The Dodgers would eventually win the game 3-2, but although the game ended, there were still scores that needed to be settled. In a hallway between the two clubhouses, Kemp and Quentin met face to face and had a not-so-friendly exchange, which had to be broken up by teammates. As the two were separated, the last thing said from Kemp was a loud, "we'll see..."
The two teams will square off again in Los Angeles on Monday. There has been no word on suspensions or fines yet from the altercations.