A two-act brawl between the Padres and Dodgers was not enough to inspire San Diego to a series win over its L.A. rivals. Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead pinch-hit home run in the 8th inning to put the Dodgers past the Padres 3-2.
The Dodgers (6-3) struck in the first inning when former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, treated to his share of boos in his return to San Diego, hit a two-run home run to right off starter Jason Marquis. The Padres kept from extending its lead for a while, stranding 12 Dodgers baserunners as L.A. went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The Padres (2-7) got a run back in the 4th when Jedd Gyorko walked, Nick Hundley singled and Gyorko scored on a wild pitch by Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
The fisticuffs began when Carlos Quentin was hit on the left side by Greinke’s 3-2 pitch and immediately charged at Greinke and rammed him with his left shoulder. The dugout and bullpens cleared and the crowd of 24,610 at Petco Park finally got noisy with competing chants of “Let’s Go Dodgers” and “Beat L.A.” After some pushing and shoving, the sides began to separate and the relievers returned to the bullpen.
The peace was not maintained for long, though, as Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. rushed across the field, pointing his finger at the Padres’ dugout. San Diego’s Yonder Alonso ran up to Hairston, and both sides rushed back out toward the pitcher’s mound to start the brawl back up. Unofficially, home plate umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Hairston, who was not in the game, Quentin and Matt Kemp. Greinke also exited with a broken collarbone. The fighting extended into the stands, with at least one fan being carried off in handcuffs and others having to be separated by security.
Quentin has a history with Greinke, and an even more recent history of being hit by Dodgers pitchers. In 2009, Greinke (then a member of the Kansas City Royals) threw Quentin of the Chicago White Sox a pitch that hit him between the shoulders. Quentin took one step toward Greinke before the home plate umpire stopped him from charging the mound. The Padres outfielder was hit by a pitch in the right wrist by the Dodgers’ Ronald Belisario on Tuesday, the 115th time in his Major League career he was hit by a pitch.
Chris Capuano entered to pitch for the Dodgers and threw a wild pitch past the first hitter Alonso, sending Quentin’s replacement Alexi Amarista to second base. Alonso hit a game-tying RBI single to left, but the Padres could not tack on any more, as Alonso was doubled off at second after running home on a shallow pop-up that was just barely caught by new Dodgers center fielder Skip Schumaker.
Marquis became the third Padres starter of the series unable to get past the fifth inning, allowing seven hits, four walks and two runs over 102 pitches. San Diego was unable to scratch across a run against any of the five Dodgers relievers. The Padres’ last opportunity with runners on came with Gyorko singling in the 8th inning, but L.A. relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez got pinch hitter Mark Kotsay to fly out to end the frame on his only pitch.
QUOTE CITY: DODGERS
Manager Don Mattingly – “Nothing happens if [Quentin] goes to first base… because you know he’s not throwing at you 3-2 in a 2-1 game. That’s zero understanding of the game of baseball. He shouldn’t play a game until Greinke can pitch.”
“Their guy charges the mound, being an idiot, and our guy’s gonna be out for however long. And their guy will probably be playing again in three days. It’s a joke.”
Pitcher Zack Greinke – “I just feel like he’s just trying to get people to throw at him away. I don’t know anyone that has hit him on purpose. I know I haven’t.”
Infielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. – “He’s not gonna hit you after he’s got two strikes on him. That’s unacceptable. This is the show, man. You don’t do that stuff here. My teammate now has a broken (expletive) collarbone… Two strikes and he gets hit. And he charges the mound? That’s… sorry. Can’t do that.”
“He was wrong. I don’t know Carlos at all. I really don’t. He was wrong. I think if he looks back on it, he’s gonna say that he was wrong.”
Outfielder Matt Kemp – “I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford? Something like that? Yeah, I heard there’s some smart people at Stanford. That wasn’t too smart.”
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Outfielder Carlos Quentin – “Unfortunately, that situation could have been avoided… I’ve been hit by many pitches in my career, you guys know that. I can tell you I’ve never responded in that fashion.”
What did he say?
“I don’t know. Look at his body language and look at the video. It’s clear as day.”
So if he doesn’t say anything, you don’t charge?
“There’s a chance I don’t. but like I said, there’s a history there. There’s a reason why I reacted the way I did. And who knows what would have happened if he didn’t say anything, or if he motioned that it wasn’t intentional.”
Manager Bud Black – “I think there’s some history between the two. I’m not gonna get into that. I don’t know all the details. Q’s been hit a lot of times, as you guys know.”
Pitcher Jason Marquis – “Obviously I didn’t know [Greinke] broke his collarbone, and it stinks that he did. Sometimes you make your own bed by the choices you make and you gotta live with it.”