LOS ANGELES – Twittering over Dan Iassogna's strike zone began when Joc Pederson was picked up from the floor of the first inning and crescendoed to the bottom of the eighth inning when Cody Bellinger was kicked off the home plate referee in 3-2 Dodgers Defeat Against
LOS ANGELES – The Twitter over Dan Iassognas strike zone began when Joc Pederson was led from the bottom of the first innings and peaked after the bottom of the eighth as
Bellinger said. "He had a bad night."
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So did the Dodgers. They lost on an inexperienced run after a throwing error from catcher Austin Barnes. They lost the starter Ross Stripling (stiff neck) and the second baseman Enrique Hernandez (aching left hand) due to injuries.
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And they suffered their first freeway In the main season, the two games lost at Dodger Stadium, after both games in June lost in Anaheim. This is only the second time that a club has won the Interleague showdown after the Dodgers lost 4-0 in the opening year of 1997.
Manager Dave Roberts tried to take to the streets.
"Dan has been around for a long time and [umpires] tears are tearing each night to get it right," said Roberts. "If you see balls on the plate that can count and change the innings and certainly the bats, it becomes frustrating at times when you are the batsman." But these calls did not cost us the game.
"The results speak for the guys who played better. They scored more goals than we did, they played better, they got better, yes, they played better. "
Whether it was the heat or intensity of the regional rivalry or whatever, Bellinger lost his temper when he thought Iassogna had called off a few calls.
Justin Turner (who had landed earlier) led with a single from the bottom of eighth place. Bellinger took the first ball from Cam Bedrosian, then Iassogna called on two squares that Statcast clearly traced out. Then he made a third punch in the middle.
While A.J. Bellinger retired to the clubhouse to watch the video of his hit. That sent him over the edge. When the inning was over, he stepped out of the dugout to catch the attention of Iassogna and held his hands apart to demonstrate how far out the two pitches were. Iassogna immediately threw it out.
"At the end of the eighth inning game in one go, we have to include it," Bellinger said. "Only frustration that came over. There were also calls on their side called strikes. But I try my best to get to the bottom, and it's hard to beat like that.
"I can not remember what I said, to be honest. But when I saw the video and how they are outside, I said we have to do something about it.
This was Bellingers first exit as Major Leaguer.
Dodgers fans might remember another big name ejection from Iassogna. On August 1, 2002, he threw Dodgers closer to Eric Gagne, who hit the Reds Adam Dunn with a pitch after allowing Aaron Boone a homer with two runs that cut a lead of nine innings to 4-2. Without warning, Iassogna accosted Gagne, and the game went to extra innings, ripping open the Dodgers bullpen, leading former manager Jim Tracy to call the ejection the "grossest judgment error in the history of the game."
Ken Gurnick covers the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.