Before Tuesday's night fiery contest, the storyline for Wednesday's series finale between the Dodgers and D-backs likely would've centered around two of the best young left-handers in baseball facing off against each other.
A day after two bench-clearing incidents resulting in six ejections, tensions will be high at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday evening for the rubber match between the two National League West rivals.
The fracas' opening act began in the sixth when Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the nose with a fastball. Then in the seventh, Zack Greinke retaliated by hitting Miguel Montero in the back with a pitch, causing the first round of cleared benches, which was relatively civil.
In the bottom of the frame, however, Kennedy further retaliated by hitting Greinke in the shoulder with a pitch, sparking a far more hostile round of team personnel rushing the field.
By the time the dust settled, Kennedy, manager Kirk Gibson and assistant hitting coach Turner Ward were the D-backs ejected, along with Puig, hitting coach Mark McGwire and Ronald Belisario for the Dodgers. For the D-backs' part in the melee, Gibson denied that Kennedy intentionally hit Puig back in the sixth, which ended up being the catalyst for the next two incidents.
"I know they're mad, certainly they thought we hit Puig on purpose, but certainly we didn't," Gibson said. "He hits everything over the plate so we went inside and it got away from [Kennedy], simple as that. They responded. It was fairly obvious. Beyond that, things just got out of control."
Dodgers infielder Skip Schumaker didn't have much of a problem with the hit-by-pitches, just the location of where both of Kennedy's ended up.
"I've never seen a pitcher throw at two different guys' heads before. It's dangerous," Schumaker said. "It's different if it's a beanball war. I've been a part of those before. I get it. It's part of the game. I like it. It gets guys going. It gets the fans fired up. I get all that. I love it. But when you start throwing at guys' heads, it's a different story."
Given the task to return a sense of normalcy back to the clubs on Wednesday will be a pair of talented young southpaws, Patrick Corbin for the D-backs and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers.
Thanks in large part to the lefty's 1.98 ERA, Arizona is a perfect 13-0 when Corbin is on the mound this season. The last time the 23-year-old appeared, he tossed seven strong innings against the Giants on Friday, allowing just one run on seven hits.
As for Ryu, he took a no-decision his last time out, surrendering one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Braves. Ryu faced the D-backs on April 13 in Arizona, allowing three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts in six innings to earn the win.
Dodgers: Jansen replaces League as closer
One day after Brandon League blew his fourth save, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that Kenley Jansen is the club's new closer.
Mattingly said the club has been talking about making a change at closer for "about a week."
Jansen converted his first save in his new role on Tuesday, taking down the D-backs in order to seal the Dodgers' 5-3 victory.
"You really would like a settling feeling when you get to that ninth inning. You would like to know the game is over," Mattingly said. "Losses like last night really hurt you."
• In another move Tuesday, the Dodgers promoted reliever Chris Withrow and outfielder Alex Castellanos from Triple-A Albuquerque, placing outfielder Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder bursitis and optioning infielder Justin Sellers.
D-backs: Reynolds to be shut down
An MRI taken of Matt Reynolds' ailing left elbow revealed a slight tear in the ulnar collateral ligament and he will be shut down for the next six weeks.
Reynolds had been one of the D-backs most consistent relievers this year before injuring his elbow. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and left-hander Joe Paterson was called up from Triple-A Reno to take his place on the roster.
"Injuries can never be an excuse for us," Gibson said. "It's a blow. There's other guys that are prepared for the opportunity to be part of the team in this capacity and it opens up that avenue for them. We need to get him back healthy and hopefully he can come back and contribute before this year gets over."
Reynolds, who was acquired from the Rockies during the offseason, had a 1.98 ERA and two saves in 30 appearances this year.
• The D-backs are 16-4 against the Dodgers over their last 20 meetings.
• Thursday will be the Dodgers' first off-day since May 23.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.