La Russa ejected after Pujols strikes out

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was ejected by plate umpire Jim

Joyce on Monday night after Albert Pujols took a called third

strike for the second out of the eighth inning against the San

Diego Padres.

Pujols took a step toward first base after the 3-2 pitch at the

knees, then turned and jumped in frustration after Joyce punched

him out. La Russa came out to get the slugger and as he turned

toward the dugout, said something to Joyce and was ejected. The

score was tied at 1.

It was La Russa’s eighth game back since missing six games to be

treated for shingles.