Zack Greinke, the Dodgers’ $147-million starting pitcher, left Thursday’s game after the ruckus in the bottom of the sixth inning, and at first it was unclear if he was injured or simply had been ejected.
Quentin, who has been hit by a pitch 116 times in his career, including once when playing for the White Sox and Greinke was with the Royals, apparently thought it was intentional. That’s despite it coming on a 3-2 pitch in a game the Dodgers were leading 2-1. It was four years ago when Greinke hit Quentin, who had to be restrained from charging the mound.
Quentin went the tough-guy route again and charged Greinke, who threw his glove down and then the two sort of rammed each other with their shoulders before catcher A.J. Ellis tackled Quentin from behind. Then there was a pile in the infield as both benches and bullpens emptied. It appeared Greinke’s left (non-throwing) shoulder took most of the impact.