Ron Washington didn’t waste any time in addressing two of his players being ejected by home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza on Saturday night.
Alex Rios was tossed in the middle of the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Michael Choice did the same to cut his night short in the 10th.
Carapazza, who is in his second full season as an MLB umpire, also ejected pitching coach Mike Maddux in May. Carapazza was the first-base umpire during that game.
“He’s got a quick trigger finger,” Washington said. “He needs to settle down a little bit. This is the big leagues. There’s going to be some tension flying around and he’s got to be able to deal with some of that. There are people out there competing.
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“He seems to think that you can’t say anything about the strike zone. He’s taking it to a whole other level. He has to have some patience. It’s ridiculous.”
Both ejections came during a tight game that the Rangers ultimately lost 3-2 to the Angels in 10 innings.
Rios stepped to the plate in the fourth with a runner on first and one out, but fell behind 0-2 and bounced into a double play on the next pitch. He barked at Carapazza from the dugout and was tossed.
“I didn’t say anything to make him react the way he did,” Rios said. “It’s just unacceptable to me.”
In the 10th, Choice was at-bat with one out. With a 3-1 count, he took a pitch he felt was out of the strike zone but Carapazza ruled a strike. The 3-2 pitch came in low, Choice tossed his bat thinking he’d drawn a walk, but Carapazza rung him up. And then out.
An animated Choice voiced his displeasure, saying “that pitch was way down” before receiving his first big-league ejection.
“Neither one of those pitches were strikes,” Choice said. “That’s a big turn in the game. I get on, [Rougned Odor reaches on] a hit by a pitch, so all of a sudden you have first and second with one out. It’s a completely different ballgame.”