Padres, Rockies brawl after multiple batters hit by pitches

Both starting pitchers and three other players were ejected after the Padres and Rockies brawled in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday at Coors Field.

The Rockies scored five run in the half-inning following the melee, and held on to win 6-4.

The fracas was preceded by Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo throwing behind Rockies batter Nolan Arenado on the first pitch to the inning’s leadoff hitter.

Arenado immediately took off charging the mound, and Perdomo threw his glove at Arenado, high over the star third baseman’s head. Perdomo then ducked one Arenado punch and backpedaled toward third base as Arenado chased and swung again.

By that time, players from both teams had reached the scene and a real scuffle ensued, with more punches thrown and multiple players swinging and grappling.

At one point, Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra appeared to land a punch to Padres catcher A.J. Ellis’ face, and Ellis ended up on the ground. Ellis had given chase to Arenado all the way to the mound and over the third base.

Parra, Ellis, Perdomo, Arenado and Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez were ejected.

Marquez had thrown a towel from the edges of the skirmish to reignite tensions after the brawl had subsided.

“That was weird,” Padres catcher Austin Hedges said.

The Padres did not believe Ellis did anything to merit ejection, but umpire crew chief Brian Gorman said he was ejected because he “retaliated” after being hit.

Arenado was ejected for charging the mound, and Perdomo specifically for throwing the pitch with intent, Gorman said, not for throwing his glove.

“The plan was to attack in,” Perdomo said through an interpreter. “That’s what we went with from the beginning. I’m a sinkerballer, and sometimes you have to throw in to be able to get those ground balls and that’s what I was trying to do. … It got away from me. I wasn’t trying to hit him.”

Buddy Baumann replaced Perdomo on the mound, and the Rockies scored five runs in the inning.

Perdomo had also hit Trevor Story to load the bases with two outs in the first inning. The pitch to Arenado seemed to be in response to two hit Padres batters in the previous four innings, as well as Christian Villanueva being hit up near his face by a pitch last week from Rockies reliever Scott Oberg.

Padres center fielder Manuel Margot was placed on the 10-day disabled list with bruised ribs after being struck by an Oberg fastball in the ninth inning Tuesday. Marquez hit Hunter Renfroe in the wrist in the second inning.

“Our guys are out there competing trying to win baseball games,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “That’s where we’ve been all season long, pitching aggressively inside at times. They’re clearly pitching aggressively inside. Oberg has hit two of our guys. Marquez drilled Hunter today, so they’re pitching aggressively inside. We’ve seen that repetitively. Our guys at some in time are going to take up for each other and we’re going to pitch inside was well.

“There has to be an awareness how far inside and how far up you go. When you start getting into heads, hands, one was the ribs, that’s a big difference.”

After Renfroe ws hit, an inning passed before Arenado, the Rockies’ marquee player, came to the plate.

“I didn't like it,” Arenado said. “They thought they had to do something, but I had to do something too. That's kind of why I went out there."

The Padres had taken notice of the Rockies pitchers throwing inside in the series’ previous two games, both won by the Padres and that Oberg hit Villanueva on April 3 after the Padres third baseman had homered twice (he later would hit a third homer).

This is the finale of this series, but the teams play again April 23-25 back at Coors Field.

Asked if the animosity might boil over to next week, Arenado said, “We'll see. I don't have the answers for that one.”


4:43 p.m.: This story was updated with postgame quotes.

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