Oakland’s Melvin ejected over suicide squeeze call
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been ejected after
arguing a call on a suicide squeeze that gave the Texas Rangers the
A’s starter Brandon McCarthy thought he caught a bunt from Elvis
Andrus in the air and threw to third base for what he figured would
be a double play. Instead, home plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled
McCarthy trapped the ball, and Craig Gentry was safe at home,
giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning Thursday.
Melvin immediately ran from the dugout and gestured repeatedly
at Diaz, who finally ejected the manager.
Replays were inconclusive.
Grant Balfour replaced McCarthy and kept the Rangers from
expanding the lead. Oakland it on Josh Reddick’s home run in the