With the San Francisco Giants fighting for their playoff lives on Thursday night at Petco Park, their ace Madison Bumgarner had multiple disagreements with home-plate umpire Joe West over balls and strikes.
Their difference of opinion reached its peak in the sixth inning when Bumgarner walked Jedd Gyorko. The fiery left-hander, who’s been known to mix it up with his share of Dodgers, yelled in the direction of home plate, which prompted West to take his mask off and stare at Bumgarner.
The two kept their eyes fixated on one another for several seconds before play resumed. West was at third base in Friday’s series opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. After hitting a one-out triple in the first inning, Jimmy Rollins stayed down on one knee while staring at West.
Rollins and West both stared at each other, though noticeably absent was the tension West had with Bumgarner. After a few seconds, the Dodgers’ shortstop and veteran umpire shared a quick laugh and play carried on.
Rollins finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and while the Dodgers lost, they trimmed their magic number to two by way of a Giants loss to the Oakland Athletics.[divide]