The Dodgers did not have their best night of the year on Wednesday evening. After Julio Urias only went 1.2 innings and struggled, the umpires didn’t do them any favors. Several players took issue with homeplate umpire Mark Ripperger’s strike zone, and it boiled over.
In the 6th inning, Max Muncy took a few balls that appeared to be down in the zone, but Ripperger disagreed. Roberts got thrown out from the dugout when he yelled out in disagreement. Just a few pitches later, Muncy struck out and had some words to say as he headed back to the Dodgers dugout. He did not get very far.
We feel that we should warn you, the language used by Muncy is not exactly safe for the kids at home.
Max Muncy gets ejected after getting low strikes called against him, leading to swearing and an attempted coverup by the broadcasting team. pic.twitter.com/yF3uk3bSTh
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) August 20, 2020
The strike zone was certainly an issue all night long, and that was easy to see from home on a tv screen. Ripperger was calling balls all over the place, not just in a certain area out of the zone. Dave Roberts’ ejection is the first for the Dodgers this season.
Max Muncy was replaced at first base by Matt Beaty following the ejection. Bob Geren took over the Dodgers’ managing duties with Dave Roberts having been ejected. Muncy had previously homered in the game before being tossed.