Benches cleared and tempers flared during Friday night's 10-4 Dodgers victory at Petco Park, in which Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts went after Padres skipper Andy Green during a meeting with umpires before the second inning. The issue arose in the bottom of the first when Dodgers starter Alex Wood chirped at Jose Pirela, who was on second base. Both benches were warned, and when the inning ended, crew chief Sam Holbrook and home-plate umpire Greg Gibson called a conference with the two skippers in foul territory. That's when things got heated. Speaking to a pool reporter, Gibson said Wood told him, "If he gives away the signs again, I'm going to drill him." Gibson informed Green, who quickly grew irate. As umpires escorted him back to the dugout, Green got in one last verbal jab, and Roberts clearly took issue. He bolted toward Green and made contact, sending Green stumbling backward. Roberts had to be restrained as both benches cleared. "The No. 1 thing I took issue with was the threat on the mound from their pitcher to our player that he was going to drill him -- with some expletives mixed in," Green said. "Colorfully telling a guy you're going to hit a guy on the field -- it's unacceptable. And I don't think there's anyone on our club that's going to tolerate that."
Roberts says he blew up at Green after 'pointed' comments toward Wood
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