Yasiel Puig Among 5 Players Ejected in Dodgers-Diamondbacks Brawl

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured Columnist IVApril 4, 2017

June 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) leaves with batting coach Mark McGwire (12) after the Dodgers bench confronts the Arizona Diamondbacks bench during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Just eight games into his Los Angeles Dodgers career, Yasiel Puig recorded a new first in his career—he was ejected from the team's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks for his part in a wild brawl that broke out.

In all five people were ejected due to the incident which broke out after three batters were hit by a pitch between the two teams. The MLB's official twitter account tweeted out the list of players that were tossed, which included both Mark McGwire and Kirk Gibson:

Puig was among the batters that were hit by a pitch leading up to the brawl. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy plunked the young outfielder in the nose with a 92 mph fastball in the bottom of the sixth with a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers. Puig would go on to score on and Andre Ethier home run to knot the game at two. 

However, the drama wouldn't finish there. Dodgers ace Zack Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero to start off the top of the seventh. 

Tensions between the two clubs really rose when Kennedy hit Greinke in the bottom of the seventh. That immediately drew the ejection of Kennedy and Arizona manager Kurt Gibson from umpire Clint Fagan. 

The situation would then hit critical mass when Greinke, who was injured in another altercation earlier this season, slid into Didi Gregorius. The takeout slide triggered both benches to clear as coaches and players from both teams threw punches.

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully put it best as documented by the team on Twitter:

It remains to be seen if MLB takes any further action against those involved in the altercation

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