April 11, 2013
In the last game of a three-game series in San Diego, the Dodgers sent Zack Greinke to hill to try and get the series victory and improve to 6-3.
Greinke was making his second start of the season after signing a six-year, $147 million contract in the off-season. The Dodgers would score two in the first on an Adrian Gonzalez two-run home run off Padres’ starter Jason Marquis.
The Padres would score in the fourth inning on a wild pitch, but were limited to one run until the sixth inning.
To lead off the sixth, Greinke hit outfielder Carlos Quentin with a 3-2 pitch to set off a verbal exchange between the two that eventually led to Quentin charging the mound and Greinke taking him on at the mound. Both benches cleared and a scuffle broke out between the two teams. After the initial melee, the benches cleared again after Dodger utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr. began walking toward the Padres dugout.
In the end, the Dodgers lost Greinke, Kemp and Hairston to ejection, while the Padres lost Quentin. The Padres would score a run in the inning off reliever Chris Capuano to tie the game at two. In the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Juan Uribe hit a pitch over the left field for a solo home run, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
However, the story was n’t the ejections or the game, but it would be revealed that Greinke broke his left collarbone due to Quentin’s initial charge. The Dodgers were unhappy at losing their pitcher for a pitch that wasn’t intentional, but Quentin claimed history with Greinke as his reason for charging.
The aftermath led to Quentin being suspended for eight games and Greinke missed a little over four weeks recovering from the injury. The teams wouldn’t have another incident all season.
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