One pitch resulted in the benches clearing four times—including three brawls—in one of the most entertaining and ridiculous games ever played.
The Braves' Pascual Perez plunked Padres' leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch of the game. Wiggins eventually made his way to first base without incident, but not before some members of the Padres came out of the dugout and Wiggins pointed and screamed at Perez.
In the bottom of the second, Padres starter Ed Whitson threw behind Perez. Perez lost it, holding the bat like a weapon, threatening to charge the mound as Padres catcher Terry Flannery chased after him. The benches cleared and the world's largest stare-down ensued, but no punches were thrown and Whitson was warned by crew chief John McSherry.
Aware of the fact that Whitson was going to ignore the umpire's warning in the bottom of the fourth, Perez was ready and he began moving away from the plate as Whitson released the pitch. Both Whitson and Padres manager Dick Williams would be ejected.
Greg Booker, who replaced Whitson, would fail in the Padres' third attempt to hit Perez, this time in the bottom of the sixth inning, and along with acting manager Ozzie Virgil, the pair were thrown out of the game.
As Kennedy would remark after the game, it was no surprise Booker failed in his attempt: "Perez was like a dancing toothpick after Whit tried to hit him. He was hard to hit."
The fourth time was a charm, as Padres reliever Craig Lefferts nailed Perez in the elbow. Both dugouts erupted, resulting in a mass of bodies in the middle of the field. Padres pitching coach Norm Sherry, as he tried pulling Braves players off of his pitcher, who lay somewhere underneath the pile, became the target of Brad Komminsk, a 6'2", 205-pound outfielder for the Braves.
Out of nowhere, Tony Gwynn speared Komminsk, picking him up on his shoulder and slamming him to the ground like a professional wrestler.
In the meantime, Padres outfielder Champ Summers wanted a piece of Perez. After breaking free of Bob Watson's grasp, Summers took off towards Perez, who was being guarded by coaches and teammates in the Braves' dugout. That was until Bob Horner blocked his path.
Horner, who was on the disabled list with a broken wrist, had rushed to the clubhouse from the press box and changed into uniform, charging the field to protect Perez.
Along with the help of two fans who had jumped onto the field to join in the chaos, he threw Summers to the ground. At the same time, Braves outfielder Gerald Perry was intercepted by Padres second baseman Tim Flannery as Perry was trying to get his hands on Lefferts.
Order was restored, Lefferts, Perry and whoever was managing the Padres at that point were ejected and the game resumed.
But wait, there's more!
Braves manager Joe Torre told his new pitcher Donnie Moore to focus as the game headed into the ninth inning with the Braves holding a 5-1 lead.
"I told him, 'We have a game to win; let's go,'" Torre recalled. "And I looked in his eyes and knew I had no chance."
Padres third baseman Graig Nettles, who would lead off the inning for the Padres, knew Moore was going to hit him, as the two of them got into it during the previous inning's brawl.
Moore hit Nettles on the behind with his second pitch, and Nettles charged the mound as the dugouts emptied onto the field again. Nettles tried tackling Moore but was tackled himself by a charging Chris Chambliss of the Braves, Nettles' former teammate with the New York Yankees.
Perry emerged from the Braves' clubhouse and stormed the field looking for Flannery, landing a sucker-punch to the face,
In the meantime, Padres reserve infielder Kurt Bevacqua, who had been told by Nettles that Moore was going to hit him, came flying out of the dugout throwing punches at any Brave in sight, even pushing Padres bullpen coach and fourth acting manager of the day, Harry Dunlop, out of his way.
After order was restored, Bevacqua walked back towards the Padres' dugout and got hit by a mug of beer thrown by Braves fans. Bevacqua climbed atop the dugout and went after the fan, but slipped as he went to throw a punch and fell into the seats, where the fans beat him until security was able to rescue him.
By the time the Braves clinched the victory, 13 coaches and players had been ejected and five fans were arrested.