On the play in question, Chris Davis swung at a down and in knuckleball from R.A. Dickey on a 1-2 count. The pitch got by catcher Josh Thole and Davis began running to first as if it was a dropped third strike.
But Hernandez called the play dead, ruling it a foul ball. Dickey and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons argued with Hernandez, who gathered the umpiring crew together and ultimately called Davis out.
- Five for Friday: Most amazing things about Chris Davis' season
- Orioles place Pearce on DL, activate Miguel Gonzalez
- Orioles agree to terms with top pick Hunter Harvey
- Major League Baseball's winter meetings [Pictures]
- Projecting the Orioles' 25-man roster for 2014 Opening Day
- Baseball players on the move this offseason
See more photos »
That prompted Showalter to jump out of the Orioles dugout and launch into emphatic argument with Hernandez.
Replays showed that Davis never made contact with the pitch. But Showalter’s likely contention was how Hernandez could overrule his own initial call and credit a strikeout when he never gave Davis an opportunity to run the ball out. Once Hernandez raised his hands to rule the ball foul, it became dead.
That was Showalter’s first ejection of the season and the 25th of his career.
Bench coach John Russell took over managing duties for the rest of the game.