And then on Wednesday, all was calm. No hit batters, no ejections, no bubbling testosterone.
There was just a pretty decent baseball game, ultimately won 8-6 in 12 innings by the Diamondbacks before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,927.
This marked great progress from Tuesday night, when a beanball war erupted into a nasty brawl and plenty of excess emotion.
In this one, the teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours 21 minutes. The ending, though, looked plenty familiar to the Dodgers, who have lost 17 of their last 21 to the Diamondbacks.
Arizona rallied for four runs to break a 4-4 tie in the 12th against Ronald Belisario, which had to make the Diamondbacks happy, what with Belisario being one of the main combatants Tuesday night.
A double by Cody Ross, single by Miguel Montero and ground-rule double by Martin Prado put the Diamondbacks ahead. After an intentional walk, former closer Brandon League came on, but the results hardly changed.
League gave up an RBI single to Cliff Pennington and Gerardo Parra added a two-run single.
The Dodgers could only get two runs back in the bottom of the 12th, one on a solo home run by Ramon Hernandez and the second on force out from Mark Ellis after a pinch-hit single by Yasiel Puig and a walk to Nick Punto.
The Diamondbacks started the scoring with three runs off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the fourth on four consecutive singles.
Ryu was not at his best Wednesday, giving up three runs on a season-high 11 hits in his six innings. He both walked and struck out two.
Matched against unbeaten Patrick Corbin (9-0), a shaky start by Ryu was looking like trouble. Corbin held the Dodgers scoreless on only two hits through four innings.
But then came an unlikely two-out rally in the fifth inning. After Juan Uribe opened with a double, he came in to score on a pair of groundouts. Corbin seemed to have things back under control.
Only at that point, the Dodgers reeled off five consecutive hits. Alex Castellanos, starting in place of the injured Puig (strained shoulder), began it with a double.
That brought up Ryu, who promptly tripled (you read correctly), with a little help from Parra in right field. Ryu hit a sinking liner that Parra came charging forward and reached for the ball, but misjudged how quickly it was dropping. The ball went under his glove and rolled to the wall.
Ryu, what you might call less than fleet, made it third base standing up, huffing and puffing, as Castellanos scored. Consecutive singles by Punto, Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez put the Dodgers suddenly ahead, 4-3.
Four runs were the most Corbin has surrendered in one inning all season, and matched the highest total runs he’s given up in his 13 starts.
The Diamondback tied it at 4-4 in the seventh inning against Chris Withrow, who was making his major league debut, on an infield hit, a bloop single and a solid hit by Montero.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times