Diamondbacks Planning to Retaliate for 'Dirty' Play From Jurickson Profar
By Larry Rupp
Tensions seem to be rising in a season-opening series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Arizona outfielder David Peralta expressed that his team may be looking to retaliate for what it believes was a 'dirty' play on the base paths from San Diego infielder Jurickson Profar.
It all started when Diamondback third baseman Drew Ellis overthrew first base on a slow grounder up the line in the eighth inning of Friday night's game. It allowed Profar to keep on running. He eventually was thrown out at third base despite his attempt to knock the ball out of Ellis' glove with his arm.
Peralta was backing up the play in short left field and could be seen yelling at Profar as he made his way off the diamond. He said after the game that he took it as Profar throwing a punch. While it was certainly an unconventional approach get to the bag safely, Profar's chop was anything but illegal.
It'll be interesting to see if Peralta was simply too upset to be rational in his postgame reaction or if he truly believes retaliation is necessary in tonight's contest. San Diego has yet to release their lineup, but Profar should be expected to hit near the middle of the lineup just as he has the past two games.
The Diamondbacks and Padres are set to battle it out at 8:10 p.m. ET at Chase Field Saturday night. The National League West foes may have more than just baseball on their minds this time around.
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