Photo Gallery: Braves Win Challenge, Reds' Manager Ejected

Former Lookouts' Pitcher Homer Bailey Also Thrown Out

Monday, April 28, 2014

ATLANTA -- During a 1-0 Reds loss to the Braves in 10 innings on Sunday, Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected for the first time as a skipper. Price knew that by leaving the dugout to argue after his replay challenge went against him, he would be ejected. Price went out on the field anyway.

In the bottom of the first with two outs and Justin Upton batting, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto fired a pickoff throw to first base to try to get B.J. Upton. The throw appeared to beat Upton back to the bag, but first-base umpire Greg Gibson ruled the runner safe.
Price came out of the dugout to argue and request a challenge from crew chief Bill Miller.

Following a replay, it was decided that the call would stand and Upton was ruled safe.

"The umpires on the field don't have any say in it," Price said. "They just listen and wait for whatever decision is made out of New York. There's no real debate about if they got it right or if they got it wrong. In the end, you have the biggest Jumbotron in the country out there in center field that would strongly suggest that the runner was out on the pickoff. Then to say he's not, it seems to contradict what everyone in the ballpark thought was an out. I didn't get it. It didn't make any sense to me.

"We went back to look at video here after the play and the only angle is the one that everybody saw on the Jumbotron, which was that he was out."

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was also ejected for yelling from the bench.

"I suggested they got the call wrong, even after reviewing it," Bailey said.

Price was ejected by Miller after he crossed the third-base line to continue arguing. Under the rules, managers have been instructed not to dispute the final decision after a replay.

"You just never know when those guys go under the headsets what is going to come out of there," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought they had a nice appeal, a nice challenge and that they may get the out there. Obviously, I hadn't seen all the angles, only the ones they showed on the scoreboard. Maybe that wasn't conclusive enough for them to change it."

The ejections of Price and Bailey were the first for the Reds since Brandon Phillips was ejected on Sept. 1, 2012. Price's ejection was the first by a Reds manager since Dusty Baker was ejected on Aug. 28, 2011.

Atlanta did not score in the inning after a Justin Upton single followed the disputed call.

---- Source: MLB.com


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