Ejections and Controversy Mar Pirates Comeback Victory Against Dodgers

Had the Dodgers held on last night, they would have secured the perfect cap to their winning streak. Fortunately for Pirates fans, the Dodgers suffered a complete disciplinary collapse in their final game against Pittsburgh this series, losing 10-6. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are now on sale for the Pirates’ upcoming games against the Brewers and Cardinals, but last night’s game is the last time the Pirates and Dodgers will face off during the regular season.

Trouble began for the Dodgers when Matt Kemp was struck out to end the first inning. While the Dodgers argued about the strike calls with home plate umpire Angel Campos, Campos issued a warning to the team. At the top of the second, Campos ejected Kemp, a move that prompted Dodgers coach Don Mattingly to confront Campos, earning his own ejection. Although this was the first ejection for Kemp, Mattingly has now been ejected a six times this season. Although many considered the ejections unfair, Kemp was far from “under control” as his defenders claim, evidenced by the need to restrain the player multiple times during the encounter and leading up to Mattingly’s ejection.

The Mattingly/Kemp ejection was far from the only drama experienced by Dodgers in last night’s game, as Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett also had a confrontation with Dodgers batter Hanley Ramirez that resulted in a warning from Campos. Ramirez had homered earlier in the game, and had “gestured” at Burnett as he rounded second. But after Burnett celebrated striking out Ramirez in the sixth, Ramirez threw his bat on the ground in disgust and earned a reprimand from Campos.

The recent breakdown by the Dodgers ended a nine-game winning streak they had previously enjoyed against the Pirates. The Dodgers go on to face the Braves in Atlanta, while the Pirates begin their series against the Cardinals tonight.


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