Los Angeles Angels interim manager Phil Nevin managed to get ejected from Saturday night’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves in the aftermath of a home run by his own star.
Nevin’s ire appeared to be stoked in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Braves All-Star Austin Riley was ruled to have checked his swing on what would have been an inning-ending strikeout. On the very next pitch, Riley drilled a 415-foot, two-run home run that put the defending champs up 7-1.
Nevin expressed his displeasure at the time, and Shohei Ohtani’s homer the next inning — a solo shot off Kyle Wright — apparently did nothing to calm him down.
Following Ohtani’s blast, Nevin was caught on camera yelling (rather profanely) at the umpires that the score should be 5-2, instead of 7-2.
He then apparently made his way onto the field according to reporters on the scene and was promptly ejected for the third time this season by home plate umpire Alan Porter.
“When things are rough like this, little things get at you,” Nevin said after the game. “But yeah, the high check swings are ones that aren’t missed very often. That’s the way I saw it obviously. Followed up by the home run – I know we’ve got to make a pitch there – but Austin (Warren) pitched his butt off and was out of that inning. It changes it.”
The 7-2 score held as the disappointing Angels dropped to 39-55.
Contributing: Associated Press