LOS ANGELES, California — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were both ejected from Wednesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium after a collision at the plate caused both benches to clear.
After attempting to score from second base on Enrique Hernandez’s two-out single to right field in the bottom of the third inning, Kemp lowered his shoulder and plowed over Chirinos just before reaching home plate.
Kemp was tagged out to end the inning — then chaos erupted after a Chirinos and Kemp shoving match started. Both benches and bullpens emptied.
“I thought it was a clean play,” said Kemp. “Blocking the plate, ran him over. Pretty much that simple. I was out. It was the shoving match we had [that earned the ejections]. It’s not a big deal. Two guys shoving each other and then it’s over, really. Not that big of a deal, honestly. You all want more? We play them again in August. I don’t think there will be anything coming from it. I’m just happy we got the win.
“I don’t know the rule, but I didn’t have a clear path to slide. All I could think about coming to the plate was Washington, when I slid in the plate and messed up my ankle. I didn’t want to do that again. If I slide right there, I might get hurt.”
The rules outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases. In this play, the throw home took Chirinos directly into Kemp’s path to the plate.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won 3-2 in 11 innings against the Texas Rangers.