After watching Brandon Beachy again labor through four innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to get a win behind Brett Anderson, who had laid to rest injury concerns and become a dependable third starter in the wake of season-ending injuries to Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
However, Anderson was removed in the third inning after booting a ball into foul territory and coming up with a limp upon recovering it. He exited with the Dodgers trailing the Atlanta Braves 3-2. Then in the eighth inning with the Dodgers still trailing, though by a score of 4-3, manager Don Mattingly got ejected after a Justin Turner groundout.
Turner got ahead in the count 3-0 and thought Jason Frasor’s fourth pitch was a ball; replay Turner may have been correct. With it instead called a strike, the at-bat carried on and ended with Turner being retired.
The Dodgers’ third baseman had an exchange with home plate umpire James Hoye, which prompted Mattingly to come to his player’s defense he explained, via Carlos Collazo of MLB.com:
I really wasn’t going to just allow [Hoye] to come across the field,” said Mattingly, who also said Turner should have been issued a walk. “When he started walking towards Justin, then I’m going to have to come out.”
In coming out to protect Turner, Mattingly wound up getting ejected, but not before a lengthy conversation with Hoye to voice to his displeasure. The ejection was Mattingly’s fourth of the season.