SAN FRANCISCO -- A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected for the second time in three days Saturday, after engaging in a pair of arguments with home-plate umpire James Hoye stemming from a hit-by-pitch call awarded to Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the seventh inning of a 4-0 A's loss.
With a runner on first base and no outs in the bottom of the frame, Vogelsong gestured to bunt against right-hander Tyson Ross, whose pitch to the opposing hurler appeared to hit his bat, but instead was ruled a hit-by-pitch.
Melvin came out to question the call, before retiring back to the dugout, at which point reliever Grant Balfour was brought in and allowed his two inherited runners to score, along with two more. Upon Balfour's departure with two outs, Melvin again exchanged words with Hoye and was quickly tossed.
"I just thought it hit the bat," Melvin said. "It sounded like it hit the bat."
He wasn't too pleased, however, with his decision to come out a second time and restart the feud.
"I shouldn't have done that," he said.
On Thursday, Melvin was ejected by home-plate umpire Laz Diaz in Texas after Elvis Andrus' popup bunt was incorrectly deemed a trap when replays showed A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy caught it. Diaz later called Melvin to acknowledge he made the wrong call, but when asked if he expected as much from Hoye, the skipper replied, "No."