Mattingly ejected after check swing

Mattingly ejected after check swing

Mattingly ejected after check swing
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected by home-plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing a check swing in the third inning of Friday night's 6-5 win against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals' Matt Carpenter was batting with two outs, a runner on third and St. Louis trailing, 3-1, when he checked his swing on a 1-2 pitch. Hallion called the pitch a ball, then checked with third-base umpire Chad Fairchild, who upheld the call.

A complaint came from the Dodgers' dugout and Hallion took off his mask to reply. He heard another comment and tossed Mattingly, which was the manager's second ejection in five days.

"I was frustrated," said Mattingly. "I should have kept my mouth shut in a game like this. We came back and won, but for me, A.J. [Ellis] doesn't swing and they call it, and they don't call it there and it costs us three runs. You get tired of it after a while. They're not paying attention and it's not even close. I need to keep my mouth shut."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.