Reds' manager Dusty Baker has not been thrown out of a game since April 25,
2009 when he was ejected along with Jerry Hairston. Known for his collected
composure, Scott Rolen has only been ejected two times during his major
league career prior to Wednesday. Both men exploded when umpire Hunter Wendelstedt
called a full-count fastball from Clayton Kershaw a strike during the sixth
inning of the Reds' loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.
After attempting a stroll to first, Rolen argued with Wendelstedt concerning the location of the pitch. Rolen
must have said the magic word as Wendelstedt
ejected him faster than a bat
out of hell. Dusty Baker then emerged from the Reds' dugout continuing Rolen's dispute, and was also
briskly tossed. On AM radio, both Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley
concurred that the pitch was an obvious makeup call from a previous
Wendelstedt blunder during the same at-bat. The pitch should have
been ball four, sending Rolen to first, and loading the bases for Jonny
Gomes with no one out.
“I was upset,”
“I thought that was a big at-bat, a game-changing at-bat, possibly. I
reacted to that.”
“I saw it the same way Scott saw it,”
“That was a big call in the game. They’re human, too, but you don’t have to
The Reds went on to
lose the game 6-2. Mike Leake received his first major league loss (5-1,
3.02) in a disappointing start (6IP, 9H, 5ER) for the Reds. The Reds have
lost three straight games and five of their last eight. Somehow they have
managed to remain tied for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals in the
“You’re going to go through periods like this. There’s a long way to go, and
you go hot and cold sometimes.”
Sound familiar? Dusty Baker's mentality is currently identical to
one month ago,
when the Reds initially emerged atop the NL Central.
Bronson Arroyo (5-3, 4.80) will
attempt to salvage a win against John Ely (3-3, 3.38) and the Dodgers at
12:35pm on Thursday.