Two months to the day of their last bench clearing brawl in San Diego, the Dodgers and Zack Greinke were smack dab in the middle of another melee on Tuesday night, this time with the Diamondbacks. Suspensions and/or fines are surely forthcoming, but it's hard to know just how severe the punishment will be.
What we know is that Zack Greinke hit Miguel Montero in the back, clearly in retaliation for Yasiel Puig getting hit in the face one inning earlier. Greinke wasn't ejected for his hit by pitch, and in fact seemed to find the entire situation amusing (especially if it looks like he's winking here):
There were six people ejected in the game: Hitting coach Mark Mark McGwire, Puig and relief pitcher Ronald Belisario for the Dodgers; manager Kirk Gibson, pitcher Ian Kennedy and assistant hitting coach Turner Ward for Arizona.
Kennedy and Gibson were ejected immediately when Kennedy hit Greinke in the shoulder.
It seems obvious Kennedy will get suspended, if only for throwing near Greinke's head, but probably the starting pitcher standard of six games.
Ward got ejected, but appeared to take the bulk of the punishment as he was slammed into the railing by Dodgers' reliever J.P. Howell.
J.P. Howell said he had no idea who Turner Ward, his victim, was: "It could've been my best friend. I wouldn't have known."— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) June 12, 2013
Howell can be seen on the bottom, in a jacket here, going after Ward (No. 15)
Belisario, also in a jacket on the left in the GIF above, was heavily active in the fracas.
Also in that GIF, Puig can be seen appearing to throw a punch at Eric Hinske (No. 22), and also around the 5:38 mark of the MLB.com video.
Even Don Mattingly got involved, taking out bench coach Alan Trammell. Just ask Preston Mattingly.
This video of my dad throwing down Alan Trammell like a rag doll gets me so hype!!!!i.imgur.com/Iqa0DRE.gif— Preston Mattingly (@Pmoney30) June 12, 2013
The Dodgers won the brawl game on Apr. 11 in San Diego, but have gone only 22-33 since, including Tuesday's win.
Adrian Gonzalez "brawl with San Diego kinda sent us on downhill path maybe this brawl will pick us right back up" #dodgers— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) June 12, 2013
But for those expecting suspensions or fines to come quickly (they were handed out the next day after the San Diego brawl), that might not happen, as MLB exec Joe Torre, who is in charge of discipline, is on vacation, per J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News.