He expressed his displeasure with the way Eddings was calling balls and strikes, obviously an easy way to get rung up. And that’s what happened to Wieters, who was quickly ejected for the first time in his career. Manager Buck Showalter had to rush out to put himself between Eddings and Wieters.
“It was something I felt that inning we threw some good pitches and they didn’t get called strikes and some pitches that had been getting called strikes earlier in the game,” Wieters said. “He gave me plenty of rope. That’s clear. You can’t argue balls and strikes. It’s something where I knew I might be gone there but I had to say my piece.”
The Orioles were already trailing 5-1 heading into the fifth, and Wieters thought starter Jake Arrieta was getting pinched during the first at bat of the inning against Jose Bautista. Arrieta, who was struggling with his fastball command throughout the night, issued back-to-back walks to Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion and he would be out of the game two batters later in favor of rookie Miguel Gonzalez, who made his major league debut Tuesday.
“There were some calls earlier that went their way that were close calls,” Wieters said. “But at the same time I thought we had a pretty big zone all night and then we made some pitches on Bautista that really got that inning started that maybe we would have had one out and nobody on and have a whole different inning.”
Without criticizing Eddings directly, Showalter supported Wieters, who isn’t one to complain often.
“Let’s put it this way,” Showalter said. “I would definitely consider the source if it’s Matt Wieters, because he has no agenda, just a pure heart about what’s right and what’s wrong."
It wasn’t the only problem the Orioles had with Eddings, who clearly missed a call in the third inning, calling a check-swing third strike on Robert Andino that wasn’t close.
“There were enough things that went along in that game to not make that matter,” Showalter said. “But you know we had a not particularly good night pitching and the umpires have a tough night in judgment every now and then.”
It was the first time an Orioles catcher was ejected since Gregg Zaun was thrown out of a game for arguing a called third strike by Hunter Wendelstedt on Aug. 2, 2009.
Here’s a complete list of ejections of current Orioles, compiled by baseball historian David Vincent:
Nbr Date Tm/Job Umpire
1 05/17/1992 NYA M Al Clark Arguing with LaRussa at plate
2 06/19/1992 NYA M Jim Joyce Arguing fan-interference call
3 08/17/1992 NYA M Rick Reed Balls and strikes
4 06/16/1993 NYA M Don Denkinger Argued ball touched before rolling foul
5 09/19/1993 NYA M Durwood Merrill Arguing that batter ran into a bunt
6 05/29/1994 NYA M Rocky Roe Balls and strikes
7 05/31/1995 NYA M Tim Tschida Arguing after Randy Johnson HBP
8 06/17/1995 NYA M Dan Morrison Called third strike
9 06/26/1998 ARI M Jim Quick Call at 2B
10 07/20/1999 ARI M John Shulock Protesting late HBP call
11 05/04/2000 ARI M Jim Joyce Checked swing
12 05/06/2005 TEX M Gary Darling Call at 1B
13 09/27/2005 TEX M Tim Timmons Call at 1B
14 05/10/2006 TEX M Mark Wegner Balls and strikes
15 06/27/2006 TEX M Larry Young Called third strike
16 08/15/2006 TEX M Hunter Wendelstedt Intentional HBP
17 08/16/2006 TEX M Sam Holbrook Intentional HBP
18 08/20/2010 BAL M Jeff Nelson Balls and strikes
19 09/26/2010 BAL M Bill Welke Intentional HBP
20 07/10/2011 BAL M Marty Foster Intentional HBP
21 08/09/2011 BAL M Phil Cuzzi Call at 3B
22 09/20/2011 BAL M Chris Guccione Checked swing
23 04/22/2012 BAL M Angel Campos Balls and strikes
1 04/28/2009 TEX Eric Cooper Called third strike
1 08/16/2006 ANA Sam Holbrook Intentional HBP
2 06/01/2010 TOR Angel Hernandez Balls and strikes
3 07/08/2011 BAL Mike Estabrook Arguing with David Ortiz
1 07/08/2011 BAL Mike Estabrook Aggressive behavior during brawl
1 08/20/2010 BAL Jeff Nelson Balls and strikes
1 09/12/2010 ARI Gerry Davis Called third strike
1 08/02/2006 BAL Mark Wegner Called third strike
1 05/29/12 BAL Doug Eddings Balls and strikes