Bad command or bad blood?
Whatever the case, a series of hit batters resulted in four ejections Monday in the
Dodgers utility man
“You don’t ever want to get hit in
Problems started in the top of the first inning when former first-round draft pick
"Their guys were getting pissed and yelling when Anderson was missing up and in," Turner recalled.
Two batters later, Anderson hit
"I know our kid wasn't trying to hit Trumbo," Dodgers Manager
Mattingly also said the pitches near Hill's head weren't thrown there on purpose.
"I really think Chris was a little amped up," Mattingly said. "He let go of a few balls that got away in there. We're going to protect our hitters like everybody else does. But we wouldn't start that in spring training, and if we were going to start it, we would never do it around the head."
In the bottom half of the inning, Turner was hit by
Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale said he wasn't surprised by the warnings, considering the contentious history between the two teams. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks were involved in a particularly violent brawl in 2013. When the Dodgers clinched the division title that year at the Diamondbacks' home stadium, they celebrated by leaping into a pool behind the center field wall, drawing the ire of Sen. John McCain.
Hale said Hudson told him he didn't intend to hit Turner.
Hudson later told reporters the same.
"Probably half the team is new since 2013," Hudson said.
Turner was hit again in the fifth inning, this time by hard thrower Allen Webster, whom the Dodgers traded in 2012 because of his inability to throw strikes.
Webster was ejected, as was Hale.
There was more trouble in the late innings.
Diamondbacks minor league pitcher Derek Eitel hit Dodgers minor league second baseman Dillon Moyer, resulting in the ejections of Eitel and Diamondbacks bench coach Glenn Sherlock.
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