CINCINNATI -- Rare is the time that Reds manager Dusty Baker or third baseman Scott Rolen are ejected. However, both were run from Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers arguing over the same play.
In the sixth inning with runners on first and second with no outs and Cincinnati trailing, 5-0, Rolen looked at a full-count pitch from Clayton Kershaw. Thinking it was ball four, Rolen took two steps toward first base until home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt signaled a called strike three.
The ball looked very low and out of the strike zone. Rolen vehemently argued and was ejected by Wendelstedt.
"I thought it was a little low. He didn't think it was a little low," Rolen said. "We had a slight misunderstanding there."
But to Rolen, who was ejected for just the third time in his long career, there was more to it than the call.
"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."
Moments later, Baker was also ejected for the first time since April 25, 2009, as he argued in Rolen's defense.
"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."