Frustration after a benches clearing baseball brawl that resulted in a broken left collarbone for a Dodgers pitcher spilled into a hallway at Petco Park after Thursday night's game in San Diego.
Dodgers-Padres Brawl: Reasons and Ramifications
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was involved in a nose-to-nose confrontation with the Padres' Carlos Quentin as the two left Petco Park after LA's 3-2 win, which included a benches-clearing brawl after Quentin was plunked in the shoulder by a pitch from Kemp's teammate, Zack Greinke. Quentin charged the mound, slamming into Greinke's shoulder, resulting in the pitcher's collarbone injury.
Kemp's fury was evident after the sixth-inning scrum -- he could be seen yelling at Padres, coaches, Dodger teammates and anyone within shouting distance. Kemp and Quentin were two of four players thrown out of the game after a lengthy delay, which did little to settle emotions.
The players' anger resurfaced after the game when Kemp found Quentin in a Petco Park hallway near the players' exit. The shouting match was broken up by Padres pitcher Clayton Richard -- he's 6 foot 5, 245 pounds -- stepped between the two. Police and security guards also stepped in.
Kemp said he was angry after finding out the severity of his teammate's injury.
"I'm asking Greinke if he's OK and he said his shoulder's messed up," Kemp, who was brushed back by a high-and-tight pitch from Jason Marquis earlier in the game, told the Associated Press. "That kind of took me over the edge right there.
"I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford, something like that? I heard there's smart people at Stanford. That wasn't too smart. Greinke didn't do anything wrong. That stuff happens in the minor leagues. It doesn't happen in the big leagues."
Quentin has been hit by pitches more often than any other major league hitter since the start of 2008.
Greinke twice hit Quentin with pitches when they were with American League teams.
The circumstances -- a one-run game with a full count -- suggest Greinke did not intentionally hit Quentin Thursday night.
"I never hit him on purpose,'' said Greinke. "I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case. That's all I can really say about it.''
It's not clear how long Greinke will remain sidelined.