Padres, Rockies Players Brawl in Denver After Fastball Almost Hits Batter

Nolan Arenado was furious after nearly being hit with a pitch. More

Nolan Arenado was furious after nearly being hit with a pitch. More

Colorado Rockies Third Baseman Nolan Arenado wasn't having any of it Wednesday afternoon when a throw by San Diego Padres Luis Perdomo came dangerously close behind him.

Arenado charged the mound immediately, spiking his helmet in anger after a few steps. Arenado attempted to land a few wild punches while running at Perdomo. It was too tough to tell from the wide view on the broadcast, but the scrum seemed to be a little more violent than normal. As Arenado sped toward the mound, Perdomo fired his glove just over Arenado's head and then backpedaled his way toward third base as both dugouts and bullpens emptied. Players can appeal the league's decision, and the Rockies involved likely will in order to stagger the impact on the roster.

Arenado remained pretty angry even after being separated from the fray.

"Our job is to try and calm everything down, but you've got to eject the aggressors", crew chief Brian Gorman said. Not just teammates, either. Eric Hosmer hit his first homer as a member of the Padres in the eighth. But a strikeout by Nolan Arenado, a fielder's choice off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, and another K from Mike Tauchman left 'em loaded in the first.

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Once the umps got the situation under control, five players were ejected from the game. Marcus Semien had a two-run double during the rally, and Chapman and starting pitcher Daniel Mengden (1-2) each had an RBI single.

Alex Wood (0-2), who won a career-high 16 games last season and was sporting a 1.93 ERA, lasted 3 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits.

That may have been a key factor in Wednesday's brawl. The problems festered early on in the series finale, with Colorado's Trevor Story being plunked in the first and San Diego's Hunter Renfroe in the second.

MINNEAPOLIS - Max Kepler hit his second home run of the game, connecting for a solo drive with two outs in the bottom off Brad Peacock (1-1) as Minnesota rebounded after wasting an 8-1 lead. A week's worth of frustration boiled over Wednesday.

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