PGX: Ejected, not dejected
Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers have the Reds mired in their first three-game losing streak since they dropped five in a row from Apr. 14-18. As he often is, manager Dusty Baker kept things positive.
“I told my boys to stay together,” Baker said. “Nothing remains the same forever. Nothing. Not in good times. Not in bad times.”
*Baker held a meeting with his position players before the game.
On the ejections —
Both Scott Rolen and Dusty Baker were ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. With runners on first and second with no outs and Cincinnati trailing 5-0, Rolen looked a full-count pitch from Clayton Kershaw. Thinking it was ball four, Rolen took two steps towards first base until Wendelstedt signaled a called strike three.
The ball was very, very low and below the strike zone. Rolen was irate as he argued and was ejected for the only the third time in his career, and the first time since 2006.
“I felt that was a big at-bat,” Rolen said. “I felt that was a game-changing at-bat, possibly, whether I do anything or at least to fight to have a good at-bat and get on first base and we’re in business. The call we disagreed on, obviously, and I just felt that was a big spot in the game, and a big at-bat. I reacted to that.”
Baker was run moments later coming to Rolen’s defense. Rare is the time Baker is ejected too. That was his first ejection since April 25, 2009.
“Scott hardly says anything. I saw it the same way he saw it,” Baker said. “That was a big call of the game — bases loaded with nobody out. They’re human too but it doesn’t mean you have to like it.”
One thing I really like about Rolen is his sense of humor — even after what went down tonight. When we asked him about what happened with Wendelstedt, this was his reply:
“You guys missed it. He was saying ‘are you tired? Did you sleep well last night after a long night?’ I said ‘no, how about you?’ He said ‘why don’t you go in and sit in the cold tub and get ready for tomorrow’s day game.’ I said ‘that’d be great.’ That was it. I’m not sure what it looked like.”
It wasn’t a good night in the Reds’ dealings with Wendelstedt. In the fifth, Ramon Hernandez was called out on a play at the plate trying to score on a Orlando Cabrera two-out single. Replays showed catcher Russell Martin missed the tag.
“From the angle I saw, I thought he missed it or else I wouldn’t have said anything,” Baker said. “Ramon certainly thought he missed it because you can feel somebody tag you.”
“I’m not glad we lost but I’m glad I finally got my first loss so it’s out of the way and we can move on from there.” — Mike Leake on his first loss in the Majors. Leake allowed five earned runs and nine hits over six innings with three walks and four strikeouts. For Arizona State last season, his only loss came on March 10, 2009, against Kansas State.
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