Dodgers-Padres Brawl: Matt Kemp Confronts Carlos Quentin in Tunnel After Game
The aftermath of the brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres spilled over into the tunnels of Petco Park late Thursday night.
Matt Kemp instigated the incident, confronting a group of Padres that included Carlos Quentin and Clayton Richard to talk about the hit-by-pitch that led to Dodgers ace Zack Greinke suffering a broken collarbone in L.A.'s 3-2 win.
A report from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp had words with Quentin—the man responsible for breaking Greinke's collarbone after charging the mound on Thursday night—in the hallway between the home and visitors dugouts at Petco Park.
Hernandez's piece claims that teammates from both sides (Hanley Ramirez and Richard) led the players away from each other.
This image from MLB's official Twitter account shows Kemp and Richard putting their hands on each other:
CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel also had a picture of the incident on his account (via Matthew T. Hall of U-T San Diego):
Kemp was reportedly heard saying "We'll see," as he walked back to the Dodgers' team bus to leave the park for good.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has already expressed that he thinks Quentin should be suspended for his role in the fight and subsequent injury (via MLB.com).
He [Quentin] should not play a game until Greinke can pitch...If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong. Their guys [sic] charges the mound being an idiot and our guy is going to be out for however long and their guy is probably going to be playing in three days. It's a joke.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times is another who thinks the brawl is outside of the normal realm of baseball activities:
Mattingly uses words, ''stupid'' and ''ridiculous'' and ''idiot'' and ''joke'' to describe Quentin and situation..he forgot, ''gutless''— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) April 12, 2013
If you haven't heard about the brawl, things got heated with Quentin at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Dodgers holding a 2-1 lead. With the count at 3-2, Greinke plunked Quentin with the payoff pitch, leading to the fracas on the field.
Quentin lowered his shoulder as he came to the mound, catching Greinke in the shoulder before the benches cleared.
Quentin was quick to point out after the game that its the third time he has been hit by a Greinke pitch in his career. The two players faced off several times in the American League Central as members of the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, respectively.
Should Quentin be suspended?
The timetable for Greinke's potential return to the Dodgers lineup is not yet known. As of the time of publish, he is listed as out indefinitely by multiple reports.
Regardless of your feelings on the controversial charge of the mound, the incident might cost the Dodgers their multimillion-dollar ace for the next few weeks. Moreover, it should make for a tense atmosphere in Los Angeles on Monday night when the two National League West teams start another three-game set.
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