MILWAUKEE — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was ejected in the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.
Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt tossed Hyde after Ryan O’Hearn struck out looking against ace Corbin Burnes with one out in the fifth inning as the Orioles trailed 4-0.
Hyde appeared to chirp at Wendelstedt from the dugout after O’Hearn was rung up. After he was ejected, Hyde went out to home plate to argue with the 25-year veteran umpire, who received criticism for his strike zone in Friday’s game between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. The low-and-in cutter that O’Hearn struck out on was charted as a strike on Baseball Savant.
“I just thought the strike zone was a little big,” Hyde said. “They were getting some calls on the balls down. There were a handful of balls that I thought were borderline that we weren’t getting, and so, I guess Hunter didn’t appreciate it.”
Burnes pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine, to hand the Orioles a 10-2 defeat.
The ejection is Hyde’s second of the season; the first was April 10 against the Oakland Athletics after center fielder Cedric Mullins was tossed. Hyde has been ejected 11 times in his five years as Orioles manager.