Luis Rojas ejected, goes ballistic
MLB crew chief umpire Larry Vanover (right) restrains New York Mets manager Luis Rojas (19) after a call by home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs (112) ejecting Rojas from the game. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Rojas was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a disastrous play in the bottom of the first inning.

Taijuan Walker was pitching and had the bases loaded with one out in the first. The New York Mets pitcher jammed Kevin Newman, who hit a swinging bunt down the third base line. Walker thought the ball was declared foul and effectively discarded it. However, he did not realize that home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs ruled it fair.

The Pirates scored three runs on the play to go up 6-0. Rojas was furious over the play and got in Riggs’ face immediately. He even made contact with the umpire after being ejected.

Everything was falling apart for the Mets. They blew a 6-0 lead the night before. And in the first inning of Sunday’s game, the Mets committed two errors, contributing to the six-run inning.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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