Now Commenting On:

Ellis, Mattingly ejected for arguing strike call

Ellis, Mattingly ejected for arguing strike call

Ellis, Mattingly ejected for arguing strike call

CHICAGO -- Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis and manager Don Mattingly were ejected by home-plate umpire Alan Porter for arguing a strike-three call in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Cubs on Friday.

In the ensuing argument, Mattingly and Porter appeared to bump while Mattingly was continuing the argument and looking at crew chief Jerry Layne. It was Mattingly's second ejection this week.

"I didn't feel I was going forward," Mattingly said. "I saw the video and I wasn't going forward. I feel OK about that."

Ellis took the 3-2 cutter from Travis Wood and started walking to first base when Porter made the strike-three motion. Ellis stopped and reacted with astonishment at the call. He said something and was immediately ejected.

"I said 'bad call' and I got thrown out of the game," Ellis said. "I don't know if he was having a bad day or what. Everybody has a different level of tolerance.

"It was silly and embarrassing to get thrown out, especially when there was no reason."

Ellis, who said this was only the second ejection of his career, was right about Porter having a bad day. Porter had already heard an earful in the third inning from Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, who Porter barked at after hearing strike-zone complaints while Wood was issuing four consecutive walks.

After Ellis was ejected, Mattingly took up the argument with Porter. Mattingly also was ejected in Wednesday night's 3-0 loss to the Yankees for complaining about a check-swing non-call from third-base umpire Bill Miller.

This was Mattingly's third ejection this year.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español