In the top of the sixth inning of the Athletics 8-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday, A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected by home plate umpire Alan Porter.
Melvin said he had it coming, but admitted he had been frustrated all game.
“I said some things that got me thrown out,” Melvin said after the game. “Not really at liberty to say, I was just a little bit frustrated and probably went a little too far.”
NBC Sports California’s Ray Fosse said on the broadcast that he saw Melvin making a gesture toward the mound and Astros starter Luis Garcia. But Melvin wouldn’t go into detail about what he was frustrated with.
“A couple things over the course of the game,” Melvin added. “Probably my fault for getting thrown out so I don’t want to get into it.”
The Astros bats continued to be hot, tallying 14 hits in the rubber match that secured a series win.
“You can’t argue,” A’s infielder Tony Kemp said following the game. “They can hit -- they can straight up bang at the plate and it’s a hard-fought battle for us in the series. Saw those guys earlier, saw them now and they’re competitive.”
“They have the will to win just like we do,” Kemp added.
The A’s finally will get a break from playing the Astros and head to Anaheim to face another AL West team for the first time when they take on the Los Angeles Angels for a four-game series beginning Friday.