Friday night’s showdown between the Padres and Dodgers had a little bit of everything. The first game between the two NL West rivals was sort of as advertised, but we also got a lot of weirdness out of it as well.
There were a whole lot of errors and a lot of really good pitchers fell apart. But the Dodgers and Padres also emptied the benches in the 10th inning as tensions started to rise. With a runner at third, Dennis Santana came inside and plunked pinch-hitter Jorge Mateo on the hip.
Mateo stared down Santana as he walked to first base and Santana appeared to take issue with it. The Dodgers poured out of their dugout and from the bullpen along with the Padres. Things eventually settled down though and there were no ejections.
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The Dodgers and Padres were obviously playing in a tied game when Santana came inside and hit Mateo. The issue from his side may have been the Los Angeles was probably going to walk him anyway, so hitting him on the hit might have felt intentional.
Regardless, the game went on without any further issues. The Dodgers and Padres are set to play game 2 tomorrow evening in San Diego. Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for Los Angeles as he goes up against Yu Darvish.