PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Kendall had been hit by pitches 171
times before and never charged the mound. He made an exception
The game was interrupted by a fourth-inning fight that led to
the ejections of Kendall and Colorado starter Joe Kennedy.
Kennedy's 0-1 pitch glanced off the protective pad Kendall wears
on his left upper arm. Kendall dropped his bat and started toward
first base. Kennedy stepped off the mound and appeared to say
something to Kendall, which caused Kendall to abruptly turn and
charge the pitcher. After a brief wrestling match that brought
players out of both dugouts and bullpens, order was restored.
It wasn't getting hit that infuriated Kendall, it was what
Kennedy said. According to Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, Kennedy
cursed Kendall, then told him to get out of the way of the pitch.
"I'm not going to let anybody talk to me that way," Kendall
said. "He said some things I didn't like. I didn't like him
yelling at me. I was pretty shocked. I never even heard of the
Kennedy admitted to yelling but said the words were directed at
plate umpire Paul Nauert. Kennedy maintained he was arguing that
Kendall didn't make an effort to avoid the pitch.
"It was a situation in the heat of the moment, it wasn't
directed toward Kendall at all," Kennedy said. "I was just mad
that I put another guy on base. It wasn't even that far inside. He
dives. He's been doing it for years. That's why he wears his pad."
McClendon said that Kendall was justified in going after
"He said some things that weren't warranted, particularly from
a rookie pitcher," McClendon said. "He ought to just keep his
mouth shut and pitch the game. He'll learn."
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he likes "to see the emotion
on our ballclub."
"First time we've been on the field in two years," he said.
"Didn't bother me at all. It's good old-fashioned hardball in the
heat of summer."
Fogg benefited from some work with pitching coach Spin Williams
to adjust his motion.
"His velocity was as good as I've seen since we've had him,"
Fogg (7-8) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two,
escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth when left fielder Jason
Bay made a diving catch on Matt Holliday's sinking liner.
After winning the first game of the series 9-3, the Rockies
scored one run in the next 18 innings.
Kennedy (5-5), making his second start since coming off the
disabled list, lasted 3 2-3 innings and 68 pitches before his
ejection. He gave up two runs and six hits.
Jack Wilson, who had been in a 2-for-16 slide, singled with one
out in the first and scored when Craig Wilson tripled. Jose
Castillo hit an RBI single in the third, and Craig Wilson had an
RBI grounder in the seventh against Steve Reed.
Rockies LHP Brian Fuentes came off the disabled list after
missing 62 games with a strained back muscle. Infielder Clint
Barnes went back to Triple-A Colorado Springs after appearing in
one game. Fuentes pitched the eighth, his first appearance since
June 6. ... The Rockies have used 15 rookies this season, the most
in the NL. ... Kennedy lifted his cap to the booing crowd as he
headed to the Rockies dugout. ... Kendall has been hit by pitches
14 times this year and the Pirates lead the National League by
being hit 45 times. ... Fogg is 5-1 at home this season. ... Jeromy
Burnitz was 0-for-2 with a walk against Fogg. He had been 4-for-5