Six ejected after Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl
A pair of hit batters by Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy produced a dugout-emptying brawl that resulted in six ejections.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with high pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in six ejections during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday night.
Kennedy, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig, reliever Ronald Belisario and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, were ejected after the prolonged scuffle that nearly spilled into the stands.
Kennedy was immediately tossed after hitting Greinke, the Dodgers pitcher, in the upper left shoulder. It was the 41st batter Kennedy has hit the past three seasons.
Players poured onto the field, Belisario began throwing punches and Puig rushed into the melee. Ward got slammed against a railing and was put in a headlock by Dodgers left fielder Skip Schumaker.
McGwire had Gibson’s jersey and windbreaker with both hands and was screaming at him, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had to be restrained as he tried to get at Gibson.
Greinke had spent more than a month on the disabled list after breaking his collarbone in a brawl with San Diego’s Carlos Quentin on April 11.
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