Dodgers News: Austin Barnes Explains What Happened During Ejection
It was a bad all around effort for the Dodgers on Sunday who lost 11-5 and fell into third place in the NL West early in the season. There were some stand out performances for sure. J.D. Martinez had a great game with a triple and a double and 2 RBI. And Shelby Miller along with Phil Bickford combined to do the unthinkable… they held the Arizona offense scoreless for 3 innings. But the wildest moment involved veteran catcher Austin Barnes.
Austin was ejected for the first time his career. The moment happened in the fourth inning when he was tossed for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Lance Barrett.
After the game he addressed the incident but didn’t get into what exactly he said.
“I was a little surprised. But he felt a certain way, I guess… It’s unfortunate to get tossed, especially on [Will Smith’s] day off. But I felt like I had to stick up for my pitcher a little bit. Obviously the game wasn’t going our way. Some close calls. It was just a little frustrating not being able to get our pitchers through those innings. But I can’t get thrown out there especially on a day off for Will.”Via SportsNet LA
It’s worth noting that the Diamondbacks didn’t score again after the ejection so maybe there was something to it.
Dave Roberts shared his thoughts about the ejection and was behind his catcher but felt that Barrett wasn’t doing all that bad behind the plate.
“I thought, to be quite honest, Lance was pretty good all day, but Austin’s fighting for pitches. It’s frustrating getting it handed to you. He’s fighting for his pitchers. And so I respect that. But in that situation, he knows that we got to keep him in the ballgame.”
The Dodgers look to put the moment and the series and the Diamondbacks as a whole behind them tonight in San Francisco. Julio Urias gets the ball and is the right guy to have on the mound to start a winning streak.
glad our loses were sooooo early in season…it really doesn’t matter NOW PLAY BALL.