Overshadowed by the disastrous missed catch in shallow right field was the fact that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected after making a pitching change in last night’s 3-0 loss to the Yankees.
After Paco Rodriguez gave up a single to Yankees first baseman Lyle Overbay, Mattingly spoke to third base umpire Bill Miller about the previous pitch, where Overbay seemed to have gone around on an 0-2 pitch.
However, Miller said he checked his swing and according to Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com, Mattingly wasn’t happy with the call:
I figured either he missed one or he missed two,” Mattingly said. “They were both the same swing. Beli [Ronald Belisario] gets a loss, and they travel on.
From the looks of things and even the YES Network agreed that Overbay did in fact go too far and should’ve been struck out. If that was the case, the Dodgers would’ve gone to the bottom of the 9th still tied at zero and more importantly, without Mariano Rivera on the mound against them.
Regardless, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis also talked about the blown call and the similarity of the two swings:
The two check swings seemed very similar to me, Ellis said. Obviously the third-base umpire saw something different on the second check swing that he didn’t see on the first. From my perspective, they were very similar. I was expecting fully to get the third strike call.
The Dodgers begin an eight-game roadtrip tonight in Chicago as they look to build on their 19-6 month of July and overall 27-7 streak since late June.
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