Fredi tossed after disputing hit-by-pitch call
ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez usually remains composed while arguing with umpires. But the Braves manager unloaded on home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez after the veteran ump ruled Paul Janish did not attempt to get out of the way of a pitch that hit him in the seventh inning of Monday night's 5-0 loss to the Brewers.
Janish began to make his way to first base after he was hit on the left knee by Marco Estrada's changeup, but returned when Hernandez made his ruling. That led Gonzalez to rush toward the plate to get between Janish and Hernandez and begin an argument that became more heated as it progressed.
"You get a chance to get two guys on, and you can either go Elliot Johnson or [Freddie Freeman] there and see what happens, but I don't even want to talk about it," Gonzalez said after the game. "Angel's not all wrong about that call, but I thought that ball was deep enough in that batters' box."
Gonzalez got nose to nose with Hernandez and began yelling some choice words that earned him his fifth ejection of the season and second in the past five games. Before leaving the field, the Atlanta skipper kicked dirt and entered the right-handed batters' box to further express how he felt about the call.
"For my opinion, he was just trying to get out of the way and didn't," Gonzalez said. "But the next inning, we gave up two more runs, and that kind of took the wind out of our sails a little bit."