Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ejections: Rob Drake (3, 4, 5, 6)

HP Umpire Rob Drake ejected Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis and Manager Jim Riggleman for throwing at Diamondbacks batter Justin Upton in the bottom of the 6th inning and Diamondbacks pitcher Esmerling Vasquez and Manager Kirk Gibson for throwing at Nationals batter Danny Espinosa in the top of top of the 8th inning of the Nationals-Diamondbacks game. In the 6th, with one out and one on, Upton took a 0-0 fastball from Marquis for a hit by pitch. Replays indicate the pitch hit Upton in the lower back as he turned to avoid it. In the 7th, with one out and one on, Espinosa took a 0-1 fastball for a hit by pitch. Replays indicate the pitch hit Espinosa in the upper back as he turned to avoid it. Warnings had previously been issued. The calls were correct.* At the time of both ejections, the Nationals were leading, 1-0. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 9-4, in 11 innings.

These are Rob Drake (30)'s third, fourth, fifth, and sixth ejections of 2011.
Rob Drake now has 24 points in the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League (8 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 24).
Rob Drake is owned as a Secondary Umpire by BSBALLUMP, who is now in 2nd place in the UEFL with 18 points.
*The calls are correct under UEFL Rule 6.b.ii.e.

These are the 63rd, 64th, 65th, and 66th ejections of 2011.
These are the 27th and 28th player ejections of 2011.
These are the 35th and 36th Manager ejections of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Marquis allowed 0 runs in 5.1 IP.
This is Jim Riggleman's 3rd ejection of 2011.
Prior to his ejection, Vasquez allowed 0 runs in 0.1 IP. A subsequent home run caused Vasquez to allow 2 runs after his ejection.
This is Kirk Gibson's 3rd ejection of 2011.

Wrap: WSH @ AZ 6/5/11 Wrap
Video (1): Upton drilled, Marquis and Riggleman ejected
Video (1.2): WSH Feed of Marquis and Riggleman toss
Video (2): Vasquez plunks Espinosa; Gibson and Vasquez ejected
Related video: Werth hit by pitch, warnings issued


Anonymous said...

The Nationals are so full of themselves. Last year they had altercations with two teams, and led the majors in ejections. This year they are at it again. Just a terrible team with a terrible attitude.

Anonymous said...

Sweet deal for Rob Drake's owner.

Bill said...

Not a Drake fan, but this, my friends, is the best in preventive officiating. A lot of guys would have had a brawl or two on their hands. Excllent job by Rob in keeping the lid on this and taking care of business.

Anonymous said...

WSH Feed of Riggelman, Marquis toss here:

Anonymous said...

Great ejections by Drake, agree with @Bill. Drake does a good job of keeping the guys who got hit cool also. This is the model they should use when teaching umps about hit batters and warnings.

Anonymous said...

The Nats announcers always make the games/ejections interesting...

I'm not big on Drake either but he did a great job with the batters and preventing them from charging.Nice job Rob.

Anonymous said...

I thought there's no way the Nationals started should have been tossed. But then Arizona came back with something even worse and I now understand that decision. Don't know how they do .it.

stratbaseballman said...

I heard a few comments that showed this was probably coming, and looking at the box scores from the series it all makes sense.

Upton and Werth were both hit on Thursday, and then Upton was hit twice on Friday. The D-Backs were trying to even the score by hitting Werth on Sunday, the Nats didn't like it and hit Upton for a 4th time in the series.

A guys gets hit 4 times in a series and the Nats try to play it off as if they aren't throwing at him on purpose. No one but Upton or Werth were hit until the Espinosa was hit to get the D-Backs guys tossed.

Drake was 100% correct with his ejections here and the Nationals announcers are a joke, there is no way Marquis was not throwing at Upton here, a guy throwing a 1 hitter into the 6th has enough control to not miss the zone by 3 feet.


Jon Terry said...

I love the Nationals' idiot announcer. First he doesn't understand why people get hit, and can't imagine his pitcher hitting someone intentionally in a 1-0 game. But as soon as hit hitter gets hit, same score, then he's all fired up, wanting the hitter to go after the catcher. What a homer!

Jeremy Dircks said...

MLB handed down suspensions in this incident.

Jason Marquis-5 games
Esmerling Vasquez-3 games
Both are appealing.

Kirk Gibson-1 game
Jim Riggleman-1 game
Neither are appealing.

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