CLEVELAND — Scott Kazmir started digging into the pile, trying to rebound from a rough at-bat that ended with a wander.
Then he realized that home-plate umpire Jerry Layne had merely ejected him.
Making his get back to Cleveland, Kazmir was thrown out in the second inning.
Its very frustrating, Kazmir explained. I was looking forward to this begin, actually felt really good, likely the best I felt going out there. I was hitting plenty of spots. It just didnt work away.
Layne called Kazmirs payoff pitch against Jesus Aguilar ball four instead of strike three. The stroll was Kazmirs second of the inning, along with the As left-hander showed his displeasure with all the call.
Layne did not like Kazmirs response, and the pitcher was thrown almost immediately.
I dont really know the place to start, Kazmir said. It just ended up being a pitch I thought was obviously a strike. He didnt believe it, and before We knew it, I was out of the game. It actually didnt even register that I was outside the game.
Layne said the ejection became a by-the-book response to arguing balls and also strikes.
He was gesturing and arguing balls and strikes,Inch Layne said. Thats automatic ejection. When I informed him, he didnt carry any knowledge of that, and that is it.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin came out of the dugout to protest the particular ejection, and he did so vigorously. Layne enable Melvin release some of his steam, plus the skipper returned to the bench without having incident.
Melvin said after the recreation that Layne said he had warned Kazmir, but both the pitcher with his fantastic manager felt that the connect was pretty quick.
I believe the warning was in mid-breath,Inch Kazmir said. It was warning, you happen to be out of here in the same breathing. It was surprising, it was. However what are you going to do?
Dan Otero came on in alleviation of Kazmir, getting Mike Aviles hitting into an inning-ending double engage in.
Kazmir walked three and hit out one in 1 1/3 innings.