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Box score: 05.12.14 Box Score
Just another day at the yard.
- The Mariners grabbed a 9-0 lead after three innings. Yes, 9-0
- Two balls hit on the yellow line of the wall in the first inning. So they could have been home runs with another six inches of distance — move the fences in.
- The Rays played worse defense that Seattle did on Sunday, committing four errors – three in the second inning – leading to four unearned runs.
- Rays’ starter Cesar Ramos gave up the nine runs and still pitched into the seventh inning to spare the bullpen.
- Felix Hernandez was brilliant through six innings despite getting squeezed on a few calls. And then after giving up a bases-loaded double in the seventh and being taken out of the game, he was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger – a Class AAA fill-in ump.
- Stefen Romero had three hits, including a homer. And along with James Jones, the 1-2 spot in the order went 5-for-10 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI and scored six runs . Not exactly Almonte-Miller numbers.
So what happened on the ejection …
As McClendon waited for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, an angry Hernandez vented his frustrations to home plate Mark Ripperger about his strike zone for the game, particularly some missed calls in that inning. Ripperger, who is normally a Class AAA umpire, ejected him.
It wasn’t any one pitch that incensed Hernandez.
“I think it was quite a few pitches,” McClendon said. “I think it probably started from the first inning on.”
That buildup came to a head.
“I kind of knew it was going to happen cause he wasn’t happy, but I gotta take the ball and give it to the next guy,” McClendon said.
By then it was too late.
“I’m sure he got his money’s worth,” McClendon chuckled. “I didn’t understand everything he said.”
So what did he say?
“I was asking about the Miami Heat score,” Hernandez joked.
Hernandez wouldn’t let on much more than that not wanting to get fined for anything besides the ejection.
Wilhelmsen gave up a hit allowing Hanigan to score, so Hernandez was charged with four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed eight hits and struck out seven.
Hernandez didn’t want to have any runs next to his name. But he had no regrets for the ejection.
“I’m a pro baseball player now, I’ve got my first ejection,” he said.
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