More on Riggleman's ejection
Washington Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman came out once to discuss a close play at first base involving Nyjer Morgan in the third inning. The next time he stepped onto the field, in the eighth to voice his displeasure about the strike zone, Riggleman was tossed in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park.
Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook did the honors, ejecting Riggleman as reliever Miguel Batista was warming up on the mound for the Nationals. Batista had come in for Sean Burnett, who replaced starter J.D. Martin to start the seventh inning.
"You know, Sam does a great job. He's a great umpire," Riggleman said. "That whole crew is very good, but you know, I feel like our hitters, that's one of our strengths, is a lot of our guys really know the strike zone. When they're saying balls aren't strikes, I feel like that maybe [the umpires] were getting a little generous on some of those pitches, but from where I'm at, the angle I have sitting in the dugout, I just have to listen to the players. I can't see in and and out. I can see up and down, but I can't see in and out."
Earlier, Riggleman had a dialogue with first base umpire Greg Gibson when he called Morgan out on a bunt attempt. Replays seemed to show Morgan may have beaten the throw to first from White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy to first baseman Mark Kotsay.
Much of the Nationals' frustration can be directly attributed to Peavy, who tossed a three-hitter for the fourth shutout of his career and eighth complete game. Peavy had plenty of movement on his pitches and confounded hitters all afternoon, most notably the heart of the order that went 0 for 11 against the 2007 NL Cy Young winner with San Diego.
Ryan Zimmerman had a particularly futile performance on an afternoon when the fan giveaway was a bobblehead of the all-star third baseman. Zimmerman struck out four times in four plate appearances.
"We just didn't square up that many balls against him," Riggleman said of Peavy. "He was using the edges of the plate. I feel like our hitters know the strike zone very well and just felt like some of those ball were not on the plate. It's a great ability to pitch when you can throw the ball off the plate and make it come back on the plate. Our guys didn't feel like those balls were on the plate, and it's tough to hit those pitches. You're not really going to anything with them, and we ended up taking a lot of strikes."
June 19, 2010; 9:10 PM ET
Categories: Jim Riggleman , Nyjer Morgan
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