Roenicke, Gibbons ejected in same inning
Brewers', Blue Jays' managers tossed within a few minutes in eighth
TORONTO -- Both managers were ejected in the span of a few tense minutes in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays' 7-4 win over the Brewers at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke was the first to go. With one out, a Will Smith slider struck Toronto pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson's right foot. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado appealed to first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi that Tolleson had swung the bat, and when Roenicke continued the conversation with Cuzzi, he was ejected.
It was Roenicke's first ejection this season. Asked about the incident postgame, he said he was not arguing whether or not Tolleson had swung, but if the ball had in fact hit the batter in the foot.
"I came out just to make sure of what was going on. He said it hit him in the foot and Phil said he didn't swing on it," Roenicke said. "So I started to turn away and I looked at Phil and I just said, 'You missed it,' and he kicked me out for saying, 'You missed it.' That's a really bad job on Phil's part. If he can't take more than that, then you shouldn't be doing this."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was next. Tolleson broke from first base for a steal attempt and was called safe at second by second-base umpire Quinn Wolcott. But Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, who had just taken over from Roenicke, appealed the call, and replays showed shortstop Jean Segura had tagged Tolleson's foot before the runner touched the bag.
When Gibbons emerged from the dugout for a chat about the play, Greg Gibson held up a hand as if to say, "Stop." By rule, managers and players face automatic ejection if they argue a call after it was been reviewed. When Gibbons proceeded forward, Gibson tossed him. It was Gibbons' second ejection this season.
"I was just frustrated," said Gibbons. "You get burned on one, whether he was out or not. I'm sure he was. But it's one those things, in that kind of ballgame. ... You look back, it's been a long, tiring homestand, a lot of day games, you get a little on edge."