With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants competing for first place in the National League West, a new chapter to the storied rivalry is in the process of being written.

Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner crossed paths Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium and their matchups included more than balls and strikes, or hits and outs. Bumgarner hit Puig with a pitch on his left ankle and it led to benches and bullpens emptying onto the field.

The altercation wasn’t necessarily an impulsive act, but rather Puig taking issue with Bumgarner’s comment, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

He looked at me and said, ‘What are you looking at?'” said Puig. “I reacted after that comment.”

Wednesday’s exchange of words wasn’t the first time the two have been at odds that extended beyond playing for different teams. Bumgarner took exception to Puig’s bat flip after he hit a home run May 9 and the Giants pitcher yelled at Puig as he rounded third base.

Tuesday was the second conescutive day the Puig has been hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the game. Monday’s was speculated as an act of retaliation for Puig’s hard slide during the team’s three-game series in San Francisco.

Puig said he was unsure if Tuesday’s plunking was an extension of his previous run-in with Bumgarner. The southpaw stated it wasn’t intentional and added Puig would be well aware when or if that were the case:

He’ll know if it’s on purpose. I’ll make sure of that. Which it wasn’t. Obviously.”

The Dodgers and Giants won’t meet again unless the stars align in the postseason at which it would be unlikely the Dodgers would retaliate given the stakes. However, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound Wednesday, it wouldn’t necessarily be that much of a stretch to believe he’ll protect Puig.

In his start against the St. Louis Cardinals just out of the All-Star break, Kershaw hit Matt Holliday in a tight game after Puig and Hanley Ramirez were both previously beaned in the series.

With the Dodgers at a much later stage in the season and in position to clinch the division with a win, a response may not come Wednesday. Nonetheless, it’s certainly food for thought.

About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

17 Responses

  1. Michael N. Norris

    The pitch was inside and low. There was no intent….that kind of pitch would have been aimed at his midsection….but 4 batters hit by the Giants in 2 games is a little excessive, and Bumgarner should have just taken the ball and got back on the mound…..

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  2. Kenny Miller-Gass

    If Bumgardener was as accurate as he claims, he wouldnt have hit Puig so how’s he gonna let Puig know when it’s intentional? Sounds like another dickhead who’s scared to throw a real, accurate pitch over the plate vs Puig…

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      • J Oliver Hazley

        And THATS why the Midgets are only hours away from losing the division to us. Steroid abusing cheaters with no talent.

      • Free_for_all

        Stick to your batman website, Brock. You sound bitter that Giants lose tonight. Sorry.

      • Droidanomix

        Funny coming from a fan of a team that would have been shut out but for the pitcher.

      • Kenny Miller-Gass

        Pretty sure, in a previous game this year, Puig hit an embarrassingly-huge hr off Bumgardener and that’s why he wouldn’t pitch the right way against him. Nice racist comment there too, you sound like the ass-hat that was pitching that game…

  3. Droidanomix

    Intentional or not, Bumgarner is a punk just like the rest of his team. They can’t beat the Dodgers in the game, so they try to incite the emotional ones.

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      • erikkinsley

        UMM…Gonzalez…Tucker…Jansen…Ethier…Uribe….Dee Gordon….Ellis…bunch of Primadonnas???? Gotta say Brock Respect is something the Giants better have for the Dodgers after the A$$ Whoopin’ we put on your overachieving wannabe’s this year! Enjoy that 1 game playoff run!

      • hudent

        Ur fucking Gi- ants are Primadonnas Bitch!!!

  4. dizzheart

    So is baseball turning into football – a thug’s game – or was it like that ll along?

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  5. J Oliver Hazley

    The Giants steroids dealer needs to develop a cheat pill for lying, because thats one thing Bochy and his boys are terrible at.

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  6. Sam Pascarella

    I don’t like the giants for Meany reasons going back 60 or so yrs. But cant say anything bad

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    • George Castorena

      Been a Dodger fan since i was a kid im 54 now seen so many great games Dodgers Midgets, da bottom line is we hate each other this year straight up whoop on them and its going 2 be that from here on in i love this new era of the. Los Angeles Dodgers move over Yankees its all about those boyz n blue baby yall get use 2 that its not going change we got $$$$$$ big $$$$$$

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