TORONTO -- It was clear both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Blue Jays skipper Cito Gaston had issues with home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Before Toronto finished with a 9-5 victory to even this three-game set at a game apiece, Francona and Sox center fielder Mike Cameron were ejected by Kellogg.
The Red Sox are known as a patient hitting club, so when seven batters were called out on strikes, chances are they’ll take issue with the calls. When Cameron was called out looking in the top of the seventh inning, he was not pleased.
“We had a disagreement. Seemed like everybody on our team had a disagreement today,” Cameron said. “I just thought that what I was seeing from center field wasn’t the same thing [at the plate]. We didn’t agree on the call, but I don’t think I should have been thrown out of the game because I was in the dugout, so that tells me he was thinking about it.”
When Cameron was walking back to the dugout, he told Kellogg it wasn’t a strike. When Cameron got into the dugout, he said he yelled back, “That’s not good enough” and was tossed. He remained in the dugout long enough to get his point across and to see Francona pull a nutty and give Kellogg a mock-ejection.
“I wasn’t really frustrated,” Francona said. “I didn’t like what he was saying. I just asked him what Cam said, and he said he didn’t know. I thought we were going to win the game.”
It was the second time this season Francona has been tossed and the 28th of his managerial career. It was Cameron's first ejection this season and third of his career.
“That’s only my second time getting thrown out of a game for arguing balls and strikes,” Cameron said. “I don’t know if I justified anything, but that was kind of weak. I’m pretty sure it’ll be in the report that, who knows what I said? It was kind of crazy.”
Disagreements between players and umpires occur often, but don’t result in ejections.
“Normally I won’t say nothing, but I figured I had to say something,” said Cameron. “It was the second time in 15 years, but it probably could be a lot more if I wasn’t such a good guy.”
It was a tough day for Cameron.
“It was a weird, wild game today,” he said.
Cameron, who has been playing through a groin/hernia injury all season, was sporting a welt on the inside of his right forearm after he was hit by a pitch by Brandon Morrow in the top of the third inning. Cameron remained in the game until his ejection.
“Have you ever seen a black guy turn black and blue? He got me pretty good. It’s stiff right now,” he said.