NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne on Tuesday night, prior to the start of the sixth inning. After the game, Girardi said he was still confused about it.
"I got thrown out, and I have no idea why," Girardi said, following the Yankees' 12-7 loss to the New York Mets.
The Yankees were trailing 11-5 at the time. Kelly Johnson had just struck out looking, with two runners on base, to end the fifth inning. Girardi emerged from the dugout to talk to Layne, but it turns out Layne had already ejected the Yankees manager.
Girardi did admit being unhappy with Layne during the Johnson at-bat.
"You saw the pitches that inning. Runners in scoring position, still a lot of at-bats left. All I said was, 'Come on, Jerry, those pitches are on the white line.' And he tossed me," Girardi said.
"And I’ll tell you, there are days that I deserve to get tossed," Girardi added. "There are days I deserve to get fined, I will not lie to you on that. You’ve seen I get pretty animated and angry. [But] I didn’t say nothing!"
Layne, the crew chief, has been a major league ump since 1989. He was the crew chief for the 2011 World Series and has also worked three All-Star Games, five league championship series and one other World Series.
Girardi said he hadn't been riding Layne earlier in the game, nor had anyone else on the Yankees' bench to his knowledge. "Jerry’s usually mild-mannered. I’m shocked. I’m still shocked," Girardi said. "He just said, 'Come on, Joe, you know me.' And I do, that’s why I’m still shocked!"
"It’s not his fault -- I’m not blaming him that we lost, it has nothing to do with him," Girardi added. "But I thought that was a big point in the game, where we had a chance to get back into it. And we had two guys who are able to hit the ball out of the ballpark [coming up], and it’s frustrating to me, and I’m gonna protect our guys."
It was Girardi's 25th career ejection, including his 22nd as a manager. He was also ejected from a game while playing for the Yankees on Aug. 6, 1999.
Bright spots: In one of their ugliest defeats in recent memory, there were a few positives for the Yankees.
Chief among them was Yangervis Solarte, who went 2-for-4 with a walk. Among the hits was a solo homer in the eighth inning, his third of the season.
Solarte is now batting .336, tied with the Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez for the best average in the American League. Solarte leads the Yankees with 22 RBIs, and is hitting .500 (14-for-28) during his current eight-game hitting streak. Not too shabby for a 26-year-old rookie who was a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Slumping catcher Brian McCann went 3-for-4 (plus a walk) with three RBIs, including his fifth home run of the season. McCann upped his batting average to .230.
And righty reliever Matt Daley, a Queens native, pitched three scoreless innings against the Mets, and did not even allow a hit.