There was morning baseball being played for those on the West Coast as the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres faced off for a matinee affair at Turner Field. It was the conclusion of a four-game set in which the Braves had won two consecutive games after dropping the series opener.
Tensions quickly escalated after hard-thrower Julio Teheran hit Matt Kemp with a pitch on the back of his left shoulder with two outs in the first inning. Kemp slammed his bat down in anger and slowly walked up the first base line.
Teheran appeared to take exception to Kemp’s actions and/or words and began approaching him, which led to them being separated and both benches clearing. During the skirmish home plate umpire Jordan Baker tackled Kemp as the outfielder went to make a move in Teheran’s ejection.
Ever the easy-going Juan Uribe, Kemp’s former teammate with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helped play peacemaker by holding a conversation with Padres manager Bud Black once cooler heads began to prevail.
Andrew Casher and the Padres pitching staff did not retaliate after warnings were handed out; Kemp was the only batter hit in the game, though words were exchanged in the previous three games. The Dodgers and Padres begin a three-game series Friday at Petco Park.