Tag:Hunter Wendelstedt
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 11:36 pm

Umpire ejects Braves' Fredi and Freddie

Freddie FreemanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt accomplished a rare feat on Monday, ejecting a Fredi (Gonzalez) and a Freddie (Freeman) in the Braves' game at Florida.

Gonzalez, the Braves' manager, was ejected for arguing balls and strikes during the fourth inning of the game, while Freeman was ejected after striking out to end the top of the eighth inning.

Gonzalez was ejected after Wedelstedt called a Derek Lowe pitch to Bryan Peterson a ball. After he did, he looked into the Braves dugout and ejected Gonzalez, who then walked out and argued for a moment.

"You can't argue balls and strikes," Gonzalez told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I deserve what I got."

Freeman thought he checked his swing against Steve Cishek with two strikes and two outs, but Wendelstedt called him out. After Freeman tossed his helmet, Wendelstedt tossed Freeman. Freeman never turned to say anything or show up Wendelstedt before the umpire tossed Freeman.

After the game, Freeman said the call on the strike was correct, but wasn't so sure about the ejection. He said he only asked Wendelstedt to check with the third base umpire.

"Couldn’t believe it. That was pretty incredible," Freeman said (via the AJC). "I didn’t say anything. There was no reason I should have been thrown out of this game. All I asked was, 'Why?' All he said was, 'You know what you got thrown out.' At the time, I didn't." 

It was Gonzalez's third ejection of the season.

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:06 pm

Bad call gives Strasburg his first L

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg suffered the first loss of his career on Wednesday, losing to the Royals 1-0. However, the game wasn't without controversy as home plate Hunter Wendelstedt killed a sixth-inning Nationals rally with a bad call at the plate.

With runners on first and second in the sixth, Adam Dunn singled to right and Roger Bernadina tried to score on Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen. Guillen's throw was to the first-base side of home, Royals catcher Jason Kendall wheeled and placed the tag on Bernadina, apparently late, but Wendelstedt called him out.

With the naked eye, the play wasn't even close. Bernadina looked like his left leg slid past the plate by the time Kendall tagged him on the right knee. Replays showed Kendall tagged Bernadina on the left foot, but not before he touched the plate.

That was the second out of the inning and then Ian Desmond struck out against Brian Bannister to end the inning.

Bannister outpitched Strasburg, allowing five hits and no runs, while striking out four and walking two in six innings. Strasburg was no slouch, though, also going six, striking out nine and allowing nine hits, while walking none and giving up a run in the fifth. Strasburg is now 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his his first four starts -- a major league record.

Guillen's two-out RBI single in the fifth inning off of Strasburg plated the only run of the game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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