ARLINGTON -- A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against the Rangers on a call that led to a run that nearly cost his team the game in an eventual 5-4, 10-inning victory.
With runners on the corners in a 3-3 contest, Elvis Andrus hit a popup bunt toward the mound, and pitcher Brandon McCarthy dove for the ball, with replays showing he got a glove under it. But home-plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled it a trap, and Craig Gentry easily scored from third to give the Rangers a one-run advantage.
A furious McCarthy, who even threw to third base after snagging the ball for what he thought could be a potential double play, argued with Diaz -- "He just kept telling me I dropped it, and I don't like being told something that is wrong," McCarthy said -- before Melvin eased him aside and began his own discussion with the umpire.
The two went back and forth for more than a minute, before Diaz tossed him -- marking the first ejection of the season for Melvin, who relied on bench coach Chip Hale to oversee the remainder of the game.
"The glove was underneath it," Melvin said. "That's what I saw. I just wanted him to get some help, because I thought he had missed the call. He would not get help. Granted, it's 10 feet in front of him and he's definitely got the best angle at it. But I just felt like he had caught it, and I wanted him to get some help."
When asked if such instances warrant the inclusion of instant reply, McCarthy didn't hesitate.
"I'll definitely go on the record and say replay should have been here a while ago," the pitcher said. "There are 50,000 people watching in the stands, and everyone at home saw that play. The fact that people on the field can't see it, and the fact that [instant replay] doesn't exist is silly at best.
"The faster we get it, the better. We have the technology now, we can do it. And I don't say that just because I was on the wrong end of a bad call, but I've felt this way from the beginning."
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