Why the Dodgers-Diamondbacks feud might not be over.

Don Mattingly Alan Trammell

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly tackles Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell to the ground during Tuesday’s seventh-inning brawl. (Getty Images)

If you haven’t seen the brawl between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, the most thorough video is up on MLB.com.

As you can see, a number of Dodgers players and coaches look upset. Angry, even. Enraged, boiling mad, fuming …

A few hours after the game the adrenaline had died down but the sentiment had not. What were the Dodgers so upset about?

“I’ve never seen a pitcher hit another pitcher like that,” Jerry Hairston Jr. said. “Maybe below the waist, but almost in the head?”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was less diplomatic about Ian Kennedy hitting Zack Greinke in the left shoulder with a 92-mph fastball.

“I just thought it was bullshit,” he said. “It should’ve been over with Montero.”

Some Dodgers, like Greinke and Hairston, said they believed the feud would end when Greinke plunked Miguel Montero in his back in the top of the seventh inning. Other players did not.

The 37-year-old Hairston, who has played 1,376 major-league games since September 1998, had not calmed down about the Greinke beaning an hour after the game was over.

“It’s unacceptable,” he said. “If you’re going to hit a guy, OK. If you feel you’re in the right, that you’re going to hit a guy, hit him below the waist. Maybe in the back. Never at his head. You can’t do that. That’s unacceptable.”

Hairston said that baseball etiquette dictates that when Kennedy hit Puig, and Greinke hit Montero, it was over. An eye for an eye — part of an unwritten baseball rule “for over 125 years,” Hairston said.

Kennedy said that he wasn’t trying to hit Greinke, but the Dodgers weren’t buying it.

I asked Hairston: Does this end tonight, honestly?

“Ummmm,” he said, taking several seconds to think. “We’ll see.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.