KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s not been a good couple of days for major league baseball umpires.
First, a two-out call by Jim Joyce in the ninth inning was botched that deprived Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game Wednesday night against Cleveland.
Then on Thursday, home plate umpire Mike Estabrook got into a shouting match with Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia in the first inning then ejected Kansas City manager Ned Yost in the third during the Angels’ 5-4 victory.
Scioscia thought the Royals’ Scott Podsednik had fouled a bunt attempt on strike two.
Yost got the heave-ho for getting in Estabrook’s face to protest the umpire bending down to scold Kendall following a close two-strike pitch on the Angels’ Torii Hunter.
“He came out in front, which I really haven’t seen,” Kendall said. “I told him he better get out of my face. It was unprofessional what he did and Ned came out and took care of it.”
Yost got his money’s worth, jawing with Estabrook for a good five minutes before finally heading down the tunnel of Kauffman Stadium.
That was Yost’s first ejection in his brief tenure as the Royals’ skipper.
A large number of Japanese media members were on hand to cover native son Hideki Matsui.
The Angels’ press notes said the team normally will have 10 to 12 media members accompany the team on the road, but this season will average about 30.
Zack Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner dropped to 1-7 after taking the loss Thursday.
The first American League pitcher to lose seven times this season, Greinke allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings of work.
Unfortunately, he’s gotten very little run support.
The Royals average 2.87 runs per game behind him, the third-fewest in the AL.
He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven starts — without getting a victory.
Greinke was on the short end of a 1-0 loss to Boston last Saturday.
“The last month I haven’t really been myself, I guess,” Greinke said. “Everything looks tougher, like the hitters look better and the strike zone looks smaller. It just seems tougher out there at the moment.”
The Royals struck for their first two runs in the eighth inning.
They came back with another two in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run pinch-hit homer by Willie Bloomquist.
Jered Weaver threw seven scoreless innings to get the victory as the Angels reached .500 for the first time in over a month.
Weaver has now allowed two earned runs or less in nine of 12 starts this season. However, he had been winless in his five previous starts.