Clayton Kershaw ejected after hitting Arizona’s Gerardo Parra
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So like everyone was saying ...
‘That’s over with,’ said Don Mattingly. ‘Those things usually don’t spill over into the next day.’
‘Why do you keep asking me about that? It’s over with,’ said Kirk Gibson.
Ah, yes, well, then again.
All that home-run admiring by Gerardo Parra and umbrage taken by Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, certainly spilled over into Wednesday as far as home plate umpire Bill Welke.
Kershaw was working on a one-hit shutout in the sixth inning Wednesday night when he hit Parra with a pitch on the right elbow and was immediately ejected by Welke.
The pitch was certainly inside enough to hit Parra, but hardly appeared like Kershaw was intentionally trying to hit him. But then again, I doubt it upset his teammates a whole lot.
After angrily yapping at Parra from the dugout Tuesday and seeming to say something about tonight, Kershaw was operating on very thin ice. And hitting Parra qualified as cracking it, or at least it did in Welke’s eyes. No warning had been issued. Of course, traditional baseball types will be aghast that players and teams are not allowed to police themselves at least a little.
Mattingly was so irate over the immediate ejection that he lost his temper and was also tossed. It was his third ejection as manager, but this may have been Mattingly at his most irate.
Kerhaw was leading 2-0 in the top of the sixth when Parra led off. Parra has doubled in the third, the only hit Kershaw allowed.
In his five-plus innings, Kershaw struck out five and did not walk a batter. If the ejection ends up carrying a suspension, too, that could negatively affect his Cy Young hopes.
-- Steve Dilbeck