Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MiLB Recap (Feat. Rain Delay Ejection): Mid-August 2013

August's MiLB AAA umpire ejections update is upon us, courtesy of the @SportEjections twitter feed, the argument or reason for ejection in parentheses, thanks again to our AAA reporter Russ:

¤ HP Umpire Spencer Flynn ejected Omaha Storm Chasers Manager Mike Jirshele (balk), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Iowa Cubs Manager Marty Pevey (check swing [ball]), PCL.
¤ ¤ PU Segal also ejected Iowa Cubs Hitting Coach Brian Harper (check swing [ball]), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Greg Stanzak ejected Sacramento River Cats P Armando Rodriguez (intent HBP), PCL.
¤ ¤ PU Stanzak also expelled SAC River Cats Manager Steve Scarsone (warnings previously issued), PCL.
¤ ¤ Stanzak also ejected Las Vegas 51s 2B Jordany Valdespin, Manager Wally Backman (fighting), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Brian Hertzog ejected Tucson Padres Manager Pat Murphy (strike three call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Scott Mahoney ejected Tucson Padres RF Ben Francisco (strike two call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Andy Dudones ejected Columbus Clippers RF Matt Carson (strike three call), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Spencer Flynn ejected Iowa Cubs SS Donnie Murphy (strike three call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Joey Amaral ejected Pawtucket Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (strike two call), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Norfolk Tides 3B Danny Valencia (NEC-previous fair ball call), IL.
¤ ¤ PU Bultron also ejected Norfolk Tides Manager Ron Johnson (Unsportsmanlike-NEC), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Adam Schwarz ejected Omaha Storm Chasers LF Quentin Berry (strike three call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Adam Schwarz ejected Omaha Storm Chasers P Will Smith (ball call), PCL.
¤ 2B Umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Scranton Wilkes-Barre Manager Davey Miley (reversed call), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Tom Honec ejected Indianapolis Indians Manager Dean Treanor (out call), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Ian Fazio ejected Lehigh Valley IronPigs Manager Dave Brundage (check swing call), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Jon Byrne ejected Toledo Mudhens RF Danny Dorn (second, third strike calls), IL.
¤ HP Umpire Nick Bailey ejected Albuquerque Isotopes 1B Scott Van Slyke (strike two call), PCL.
¤ 3B Umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Fresno Grizzlies RF Juan Perez (out call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Alex Ortiz ejected Iowa Cubs P Jake Arrieta (ball call), PCL.
¤ 3B Umpire Ryan Blakney ejected Round Rock Express RF Jared Hoying (out call), PCL.
¤ ¤ U3 Blakney also ejected Round Rock Express Manager Bobby Jones (out call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Shaun Lampe ejected Round Rock Express P Josh Lindblom (intentional HBP), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Jeff Morrow ejected Nashville Sounds Pitching Coach Fred Dabney (check swing call), PCL.
¤ ¤ PU Morrow also ejected Nashville Sounds Manager Mike Guerrero (check swing call), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Clint Fagan ejected Durhan Bulls B Tim Beckham (strike calls), PCL.
¤ HP Umpire Andy Dudones ejected Buffalo Bisons 1B Clint Robinson (strike three call), IL.
¤ ¤ PU Dudones also ejected Buffalo Bisons Manager Marty Brown (strike three call), IL.
¤ 3B Umpire Kellen Levy ejected Tacoma Rainiers Manager John Stearns (not calling a rain delay), PCL.^
¤ HP Umpire Marcus Pattillo ejected Iowa Cubs Manager Marty Pevey (HBP no-call), PCL.

*PCL = Pacific Coast League / IL = International League*

^Featured ejection: Kellen Levy (6). [the box score erroneously credits the ejection to U1 Stu Scheurwater]
With rain falling in the top of the sixth inning of the Rainiers-Express game, the Rainiers scored a run to take a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Tacoma Rainiers pitcher Taijuan Walker walked back-to-back batters before surrendering a run-scoring single to Express batter Joey Butler, trimming the deficit to 3-2. After striking out Express batter Mike Bianucci, Alex Buccholz hit a single past Rainiers second baseman Ty Kelley and into right field, tying the score at 3-3. After an argument from Stearns about the field's conditions, claiming that Kelley slipped in the mud trying to field Buccholz's single, crew chief Levy ordered the Round Rock Express ground grew to treat the field with Diamond Dry. After a 10-minute delay, Rainiers relief pitcher Jonathan Arias balked Express runner R3 Joey Butler home after which batter Aaron Cunningham hit a line drive into left field, but was tagged out trying to advance to third. As Levy called for the grounds crew, Stearns vented his frustration over playing through the rain without proper delay, resulting in his ejection. At the time of the ejection, the Express were leading, 5-3. The Express ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

The previous day, Tacoma trailed the Express 6-3 when a one-hour, 13-minute rain delay struck. After the delay, the Rainiers scored five unanswered runs to win the ballgame, 8-6.

Wrap: Tacoma Rainiers vs. Round Rock Express (MiLB Triple-A Pacific Coast League), 8/15/13


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