Don Mattingly said he was keeping his mouth shut. But on Friday night, Mattingly had had enough.
Mattingly received his first ejection as the Marlins manager when he was tossed in the fourth inning of their 8-1 loss to the Giants for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Brian Gorman.
But Mattingly wasn’t just upset over Friday night’s umpiring. He said after reviewing film of the team’s first 15 games he has noticed a tendency for umpires to call pitches in the opponents’ favor in key moments.
“I’ve seen it at home and I’ve seen it on the road, and I saw it again [Friday],” Mattingly said. “We see [Angel] Pagan had a 1-2 or 2-2 pitch is right there and he doesn’t call it. Then, we see [during] [Derek] Dietrich’s at-bat which was big because we had first and second and one out, and he called the same pitch for a strike.
“I think my frustration is more over just what’s going on with the Marlins. I know the umpires don’t do that on purpose, but it just seems like subconsciously that it’s OK to screw the Marlins.”
Frustrated with a couple of calls by Gorman, Mattingly was thrown out during Christian Yelich’s leadoff at-bat in the fourth inning of his 15th game managing the Marlins.
With Yelich facing a 1-2 count, Gorman turned to the dugout and signaled the ejection. Mattingly walked calmly to the plate and talked to Gorman for a couple of minutes before returning to the dugout.
“I just think you can’t sit back and take that,” Mattingly said. “You have to fight for what’s right. I saw it in the last series, too. I was tired of it then. I almost got it out then. It just took me a few extra days to get it out of my system.”
Mattingly was ejected 20 times during his five years managing the Dodgers. Bench coach Tim Wallach managed the remainder of Friday’s game.
“It’s not so much I think our guys are getting squeezed, it’s more like when you say a big moment in the game it always feels like it goes the other way,” Mattingly said. “More than anything, I think it’s human nature. The Marlins haven’t been a good club, and it just seems like it always goes the other way.”
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▪ Martin Prado flew back to Miami on Friday after learning his wife was getting ready to give birth to their first child a little sooner than expected. According to his teammates, Prado arrived in time to be with his wife and witness his daughter’s birth. As a result, the Marlins placed Prado on the MLB’s paternity list. Dietrich replaced Prado in the lineup Friday and Saturday.
▪ Following the Prado move, the Marlins recalled left-handed reliever Cody Ege from Triple A New Orleans. Ege said he was woken up around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning by repeated calls from his manager, Arnie Beyeler.
“I don’t care what time of day it is, that phone call is a good phone call to get,” Ege said. “It was a long day but good flights. I slept on both of them. I’m feeling good and happy to be here.”
Ege, 24, has appeared in five games this season at Triple A and pitched 3 2/3 innings, recording one save and posting a 7.36 ERA. A 15th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2013, was acquired by the Marlins in the trade for Sam Dyson. The move gives the Marlins 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster.
▪ Yelich reached base for the 15th game in a row to start the season and hit three doubles on Friday, setting a career high and tying the club record for doubles and extra-base hits in a game. Yelich scored the Marlins’ lone run after his first double when Justin Bour singled to center in the fourth. Yelich entered Saturday hitting .400 and leading the majors in on-base percentage (.530).
▪ Sunday: Marlins LHP Adam Conley (0-1, 4.61 ERA) at San Francisco Giants RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 6.46), 4:05 p.m., AT&T Park.
▪ Monday: Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 4.91) at Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.65), 10:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium.