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Melvin wanted to talk to replay crew before ejection vs. Yanks

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Bob Melvin arguing

Bob Melvin was fired up moments before he was ejected from the Athletics' 3-2 win over the New York Yankees at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday.

A few hours later, when discussing the incident with local reporters, he was a little more subdued.

Melvin was tossed from the game by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after a replay review upheld what clearly was an incorrect call by third base umpire Will Little.

Initially, Little ruled that Starling Marte had been doubled off third base to end the bottom of the third inning. Replays show Yankees third baseman Rougned Odor's foot came off the base before he had the ball in his glove.

Based on replays, Marte should have been ruled safe and the inning should have continued with Matt Chapman batting. Instead, the replay crew ruled Marte out and the inning was over, and Melvin got to take an early shower.

"I just got emotional," Melvin said when asked about the ejection by The San Francisco Chronicle's Matt Kawahara. "I actually wanted to talk to the replay crew, but they wouldn't let me do that. There are certain times you get a little too emotional. I didn't go out there with the intent to get thrown out. As I sit here right now, I know Tony had to basically throw me out."

As it turns out, Chapman led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo homer to extend the A's lead to 3-0. There's no telling how things would have played out if he batted in the third as opposed to the fourth inning. But in hindsight, the A's are happy he hit his 21st homer of the season in the fourth.

 

"But you know, Chappy comes up and hits a home run to lead off the inning, not that he would have done that, but in that particular time, but when you're going through a stretch like we are right now, nerves get a little frayed sometimes," Melvin said. "Probably more than anything, it was that. But I didn't agree with the replay call."

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The questionable and controversial call didn't come back to cost the A's as they ended their six-game losing streak and stopped the Yankees' 13-game winning streak.

This umpiring crew has put their stamp on all three games in the series so far, and hopefully for the A's and Yankees, the umps don't make it 4-for-4 in front of a national TV audience on Sunday night.