WATCH: Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres brawl at Coors Field
DENVER – In the third inning of Wednesday’s Colorado Rockies versus San Diego Padres game at Coors Field, San Diego pitcher Luis Perdomo threw at All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. Fireworks ensued.
Arenado charged the mound, threw a punch and was ejected.
Perdomo and Padres catcher Luis Perdomo were also ejected.
As was Colorado’s starting pitcher German Marquez and left fielder Gerardo Parra.
The two team’s beef started yesterday when Rockies reliever Scott Oberg accidentally hit Manuel Margot with a 95 mph fastball to the ribs. That forced him to the disabled list on Wednesday morning, with the Padres calling his injury “bruised ribs.”
According to Bud Black in the Rockies pregame media session, Oberg reached out and texted Margot between Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s action to apologize.
While there was an extension of an olive brach, you could almost feel something brewing between the two teams before Wednesday’s game at sun-splashed Coors Field. That feeling only intensified when Trevor Story was plunked with two outs in the first inning by Perdomo.
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As expected, it would soon escalate. In the next half frame, German Marquez tagged Hunter Renfroe with two outs.
The next pitch the Padres threw was the one behind Arenado which led directly to the bench-clearing brawl. In all, AJ Ellis and Perdomo were ejected for the Padres while Arenado, Marquez and Gerardo Parra were disqualified for the Rockies.
There were plenty of things to watch in the scrum, including Ellis being held by Colorado’s Ian Desmond as he and Arenado continued to jaw at each other. Shortly after that but still during the scrum, Ellis ended up on the ground and stood up wiping off his lip. Replays showed Parra landing a punch on Ellis.
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Certainly there will be fines and suspensions after this game and how they affect Colorado remains to be seen. The Rockies head east to take on the Washington Nationals beginning on Thursday night in a four-game series.