D-backs, Dodgers clear benches in seventh
Drew, Martin exchange words after hard slide into second
LOS ANGELES -- A slide from Russell Martin into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night in a 1-0 Dodgers win over the D-backs at Dodger Stadium prompted benches and bullpens to clear, but there was neither a physical altercation nor ejection.
Jamey Carroll was attempting to sacrifice Martin to second base with none out in a scoreless pitchers' duel. Carroll's bunt went right to D-backs starter Dan Haren, who threw to shortstop Stephen Drew at second base. Drew made no attempt to throw on to first, and Martin slid in hard, catching Drew with his spikes.
"I kind of slid through the bag a little bit," Martin said. "I caught his foot, caught a cleat on his foot. He didn't like that, he just expressed his disagreement. I just told him I'm playing the game hard. There's really nothing personal there."
Drew and Martin exchanged words as Martin got up after being called out, and D-backs center fielder Chris Young also ran over. Young was near the base because he was backing up Haren's throw. When Young came over, both teams streamed out onto the field, forming a gaggle of people on the infield dirt, to the left of second base.
"I'm not sure what he [Young] was doing right there," Martin said. "It is what it is."
Manny Ramirez, who appeared to come running from the stairs that lead to the Dodgers clubhouse, was the last one on the field.
Martin said he didn't remember what was said to him because he was zoning everything out, but joked he was "just ready to attack, ready to attack. Just in case somebody, you know, wants to get crazy."
"I was right in the middle of it," said rookie Dodgers starter John Ely, who took a no-decision. "I was coming off the field, I got a little tap on the butt saying, 'Hey, here we go.' That's the first one in my first big league game getting out there."
The crowd of players subsided when Martin was led away by Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly. Martin turned back and waved his hand dismissively toward the crowd of players as he walked off.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he thought Martin's slide was clean and made light of the situation.
"I was trying to pick which guy on the other team that I was going to fight," he said. "I was looking around. I finally settled on [first-base coach] Matt Williams."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.