MILWAUKEE -- The frustrations of a seven-game losing streak finally boiled over into an ejection for Mets manager Terry Collins, during Thursday's streak-snapping 2-0 victory over the Brewers.
Two innings after Collins unsuccessfully challenged a play at the plate in the second inning, second-base umpire Larry Vanover ejected him for arguing a stolen-base call that he could not challenge. Because Collins lost his challenge on the second-inning call, he was unable to use another on Vanover's fourth-inning ruling that replays showed to be incorrect.
With one out in the fourth, Darrell Ceciliani walked and attempted to steal second base, but Vanover ruled him out. Collins immediately ran out to argue, earning an ejection. Replays appeared to show that Ceciliani was safe.
"I thought he was safe, yeah," Collins said. "I just went out there and said, 'Look, Larry, I know I don't have any challenges left, but for heaven's sake. From my angle, it wasn't close at all."
That episode unfolded two innings after Michael Cuddyer attempted to score from second base on a Kevin Plawecki single. Umpires upheld the original out call following a four-minute, 19-second review, which featured a series of inconclusive replay angles.
"I still think I'm safe," Cuddyer said after the game. "I knew I hit the plate and then I rubbed it. I actually swiped my foot over the plate. And then when I saw the replay, I said, 'He never tagged me.' I just figured I was safe."