Manny homers, then ejected in Dodgers’ win
“This is the ball I was thrown of the game on,” he said with a smile.
Ramirez hit his 17th home run in the second inning but was ejected by home plate Doug Eddings in the third after striking out.
Ramirez struck on three pitches, the first two called strikes – the second pitch appeared to be inside. After swinging and missing to end the inning, he flung his bat and helmet near the plate.
“I told him I thought it was a ball,” Ramirez said. “Then I threw my helmet, and he threw me out. It’s OK. He’s human. He’s not a machine.”
Ramirez was tossed for the second time this season and sixth of his career.
“I think it was just too quick a trigger,”
“This game is a passionate game. It’s something that needs to be taken into consideration, and I don’t think they take it into consideration enough. I’m not saying the umpire should take abuse. But I think they should do what they can to keep from having to do what they did today,” he said.
Late-season acquisitions Belliard and Padilla continue to provide contributions for the
Belliard, acquired from Washington on Aug. 30, had three hits and two RBIs, finishing a triple short of the cycle. He is 10 for 26 since joining the
“When you get traded from a team that is going nowhere to a team that is in a pennant race, hey, you feel you have to raise your level of playing baseball,” said Belliard, hitting .262 with seven homers overall.
Belliard had an RBI double and
Young hit a two-run homer in the fifth to make it 4-2.
Young has 11 homers. The major league record for homers in two consecutive games is five, last done by the
Padilla, signed to a minor league contract Aug. 19 after being released by Texas on Aug. 17, is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in three starts since joining the
Padilla gave up six hits and struck out three in his second consecutive start against Arizona, which scored only one run off him in 5 1-3 innings of a no-decision Sept. 1. Padilla beat Colorado in his first start.
Scherzer (9-9) and Martin exchanged words in the middle of the fourth inning.
Scherzer hit Martin with a pitch behind the left shoulder with two outs in the top of the inning. That came two batters after Belliard’s homer gave the
Martin stared at Scherzer as he walked toward first base, escorted by home Eddings, and Scherzer took a few steps toward the base line. The two exchanged words on the field after Padilla flied out to end the inning.
“I’m not trying to hit him. I’m trying to get an out. It caught me off guard that he was upset,” Scherzer said.
“Looking at his body language, I don’t think he tried to hit me,” Martin said. “But it still hurt.”
After Scherzer lined a single to right field to open the sixth inning,