Wieters ejected for heated fifth-inning exchange

Wieters ejected for heated fifth-inning exchange

Wieters ejected for heated fifth-inning exchange
TORONTO -- Matt Wieters was ejected from Tuesday night's 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays in the bottom of the fifth inning after an exchange with home-plate umpire Doug Eddings.

Orioles reliever Miguel Gonzalez, who was making his Major League debut, threw two pitches to Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis that appeared to be very close to the strike zone, but were called balls. Davis would later cash in a run with a single up the middle to keep Toronto's inning alive.

After Brett Lawrie scored on the play, Wieters got into an argument with Eddings and after a brief altercation, Wieters was tossed from the game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue, too, and prevent Wieters from going any further, but the skipper remained in the game.

Wieters felt he had to say something to Eddings because of what he perceived as a lack of consistency.

"There were some calls earlier that I thought went their way that were close calls, but at the same time, I thought we had a pretty big zone all night," Wieters said. "He gave me plenty of rope. ... You can't argue balls and strikes, and it's something where I knew might be going there [getting ejected], but I still had to say my piece."

Showalter supported his 26-year-old catcher.

"Matt didn't feel like we were getting a fair shake," Showalter said. "We had not a particularly good night pitching, and the umpires have a tough night in their judgment from now and then.

"Let's put it this way: I would certainly consider the source if it's Matt Wieters."

It was Wieters' first ejection of his career and he seemed to have no regrets. Wieters admitted that he and his team have been frustrated, as they have dropped seven of nine games, but stopped short of attributing Baltimore's recent play to the ejection.

Showalter, meanwhile, said he understands the difficult task of umpiring, but he knows Wieters too well to not trust his opinion.

"It's a hard job to do," Showalter said about umpiring. "I've learned from the years not to weigh in on stuff like that, but I would strongly lean toward Matt, because being around him as much as I have, he's a purveyor or reality. He takes emotion out of it."

Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.