National League Game Summary - Arizona at Los Angeles
(Tuesday, June 11th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Arizona 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tim Federowicz's bases-clearing double in
the eighth inning led the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Arizona Diamondbacks,
5-3, in a heated contest at Dodger Stadium.
With the bases loaded and one out, Federowicz clobbered a line drive into the
corner in left field. Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier scored easily and Juan
Uribe, who got an incredible jump from first base, slid across the plate
safely to give the Dodgers the decisive 5-3 lead.
Kenley Jansen, who was named the closer earlier on Tuesday, worked a perfect
ninth to pick up his third save.
Things got chippy earlier in the game as Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy hit
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch in the bottom of
the sixth inning. Puig remained in the game, but the incident sparked
retribution from LA hurler Zack Greinke, who drilled Miguel Montero in the
back in the seventh inning.
Following Montero being hit by the pitch, benches cleared momentarily before
order was restored.
Kennedy, however, retaliated in the bottom of the seventh by drilling Greinke
in the left shoulder/head area.
Benches immediately cleared and things got physical quickly. While it was
unclear if punches were thrown, Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire was seen
gripping Arizona manager Kirk Gibson by the collar.
"A pitch got away and they responded and things got out of control," Gibson
said. "Mark (McGwire) was mad, thinking we threw at Greinke. I didn't order to
hit him. That's baseball. Things got out of control. Sometimes you throw
inside and it gets away from you."
The skirmish was finally broken up after several minutes. Kennedy, Gibson and
coach Turner Ward were ejected for the D'backs, while Puig and McGwire were
removed from the game for Los Angeles.
"I thought there was a possibility they were going to throw at me, but I went
up there thinking it would be a normal at-bat," Greinke said. "I don't want to
talk anymore about the incident. I felt I had pretty good control of all of my
Greinke, who allowed two runs on two hits and struck out five over seven
innings, missed nearly a month earlier in the season with a broken collarbone
stemming from a benches-clearing situation earlier this season.
On April 11, Greinke hit San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin with a
pitch, causing Quentin to charge the mound. Greinke suffered the injury after
he threw his shoulder at Quentin to attempt to absorb a collision near the
mound. The right-hander was expected to miss up to eight weeks, but returned
on May 10.
Matt Guerrier (2-2) earned the win after recording the final two outs of the
Kennedy was charged with two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 inning before his
ejection. David Hernandez (2-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up
Federowicz's three-run double.
Jason Kubel clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
After Puig was hit in the sixth, Ethier crushed a two-run homer of his own
over the wall in right field to tie the game.
Willie Bloomquist put the D'backs ahead 3-2 with an RBI single in the eighth
inning. A.J. Pollock reached on a pinch-hit double then scored on Bloomquist's
single to left field.
Greinke is 0-3 over six starts against the D'backs ... Puig was held hitless
for just the second time since reaching the majors on June 3 ... Jansen will
replace Brandon League as LA's closer. League blew his fourth save in 17
chances on Monday night ... Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt failed to
reach base safely for just the fourth time in his last 42 starts on the road
against NL West opponents.
06/12 02:12:47 ET
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