Escobar ejected after arguing strike call

Escobar ejected after arguing strike call

ANAHEIM -- Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was ejected in the sixth inning of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Astros for arguing after a called strike.

Escobar's ejection was the 11th of his career and second this season. He was replaced by Kaleb Cowart, who struck out on the next pitch to end the at-bat.

Escobar took a 1-1 pitch that was called a strike by home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Escobar turned around and seemed to argue that the pitch was low before being ejected. Angels manager Mike Scioscia left the dugout to speak to Carapazza.

This was the second time in the last week Escobar was ejected from a game. He was tossed in the ninth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Orioles on May 21 for arguing after a strikeout. The day before, left-hander Hector Santiago was ejected from a 9-4 loss in the third inning for the same reason.

"It's frustrating on our part," Scioscia said. "It seems like it's getting pretty easy to get thrown out of a game, and that's a problem. If our guys are acting that irresponsibly to get thrown out, that's one thing, but [Yunel Escobar] questioned a pitch and he got thrown out of the game."

Scioscia said he's looking to find a way to stop this recent run of ejections, even if it means addressing the issue with Major League Baseball.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.