SAN FRANCISCO -- The Diamondbacks have scuffled on the field this year. Friday night at SBC Park, they apparently scuffled in the dugout.
Outfielder Luis Gonzalez and pitcher Randy Johnson appeared to exchange angry words in the dugout at the end of the fifth inning. Gonzalez had dropped a fly ball with the bases loaded and two out in the frame that wound up leading to three unearned runs. That capped the four-run inning, which erased a 3-2 Diamondbacks lead, and they went on to fall, 8-3.
As Johnson made his way down the steps leading to the tunnel behind the dugout, he and Gonzalez appeared to say something to each other and Gonzalez then moved to head down the stairs as well as teammates got between them and they faded out of the view of cameras.
After the game, the Diamondbacks held a brief team meeting.
When the clubhouse doors opened, no one wanted to talk about the incident.
"I talked to the team," Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. "I don't have any more comments about that."
Johnson, who allowed six runs (three earned) on six hits in his five innings, said he was upset about walking the pitcher, which happened with one out in the fifth and was before the Giants loaded the bases.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Johnson said when asked what happened between him and Gonzalez. "Obviously walking the pitcher didn't help. The inning could have been over, should have been over before everything transpired in that inning."
Luis Gonzalez / LF
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Gonzalez also would not talk about the incident but did not make any excuses for the dropped fly ball.
"It just hit the heel of my glove," he said. "It's just one of those plays. Unfortunately, it was one of those plays that pretty much cost us the game."
Of the incident with Johnson he said, "It's just something that happened and it's over. That's it. It's fine, everything's fine. It will be fine."
Due to injuries, the Diamondbacks have a very young roster and Pedrique said when he took over as manager he was counting on the veterans to set a good example. He was asked after the game if seeing two of his veterans get into it was disconcerting.
"It's not a concern," Pedrique said. "The young players have to understand that's part of the game. To me, when you see that, everybody is competitive, everybody wants to win. I think sometimes it's good to see that. It just depends how you handle it and it depends on how the young players see it. I made sure I talked to the team tonight and it's over with."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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