Puig was hit on the helmet and nose by a pitch from D’Backs starter Ian Kennedy. This may have been in retaliation for D’Backs outfielder Cody Ross getting hit earlier in the game by Dodgers starter Zack Greinke. But Greinke wasn’t trying to hit Ross. Greinke however did intentionally hit D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero which cleared the benches although no punches were thrown.
This state of affairs would not last as Kennedy beaned Greinke in the bottom of the 7th. It’s been a pretty rough season for Greinke. First Carlos Quentin breaks his collarbone and now he gets beaned. At least he is well compensated for his troubles.
Needless to say, all hell broke loose. The coaching staffs of both teams were every bit as physical as the players. It was a brawl involving several near Hall of Famers. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly threw D’Backs bench coach Alan Trammell to the ground. Meanwhile, D’Backs manager Kirk Gibson and third base coach Matt Williams had to do everything in their power to hold off Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire. D’Backs hitting coach Don Baylor and Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett looked like they were ready to fight. I don’t care how old Baylor is. I would not want to get into a brawl with him. My money’s on Baylor.
For his part, Puig charged into the scrum and punched D’Backs outfielder Eric Hinske and was ejected from the game as was McGwire and Dodgers reliever Ronald Bellisario. On the D’Backs side, Kennedy, Gibson and assistant hitting coach Turner Ward were ejected.
Look for big suspensions to be handed out. The Dodgers will hate to lose Puig’s hot bat. Puig is currently hitting .471 (16 for 34). On the other hand, the Dodgers rallied on a two run double by rookie catcher Tim Federowicz and won the game 5-3. If this doesn’t get them out of the cellar of the NL West then nothing will.