ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers were not happy with Mike Reilly's umpiring crew Friday night.
It started in the third inning when Ian Kinsler was ejected for the first time this season. Kinsler flipped his bat and helmet after he was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Eric Cooper.
"There is no point in talking about it," Kinsler said.
In the seventh inning, during a rundown Michael Young tagged Hunter Pence, who was standing on the second base bag. Young, who was chasing Carlos Lee back to second, then tagged Lee, who overran the bag.
Lee was already at second base, trying to advance on a bouncer by Pence. But as Lee ran toward second he was caught in a rundown. Ron Washington wanted to know why it wasn't a double play.
"He said he didn’t feel like that’s what happened," Washington said of Reilly. "He felt like Michael touched Lee before he got to Pence and I tried to argue he touched Pence first."
The last straw, if you will, came in the ninth inning when reliever Alexi Ogando threw a fastball instead of a slider, and the miscommunication led to catcher Max Ramirez failing to catch the ball. It hit off the mask of Cooper, who hit the ground face first.
The Rangers believe someone on the crew mentioned that Ramirez should have caught the ball.
It led Ramirez to go after the umpires and forced Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux to come out of the dugout.
"Just one of the umpires getting out of control and we had to get him in control," Washington said. "There was a mix-up right there on the pitch, and one of them said something they shouldn’t have said. That’s what that was all about."
Reilly told a reporter that it's the third time someone in the crew has been hit with a pitch, and that's what was said in frustration. Reilly said he didn't think the Rangers were trying to hit Cooper on purpose.
"I called a slider and he didn’t see the sign good, and he threw me a fastball and it hit the umpire," Ramirez said. "It was a misunderstanding [with the umpire]."