Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke ripped an umpire after his team’s 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday because he felt the strike zone was not being called consistently.
Roenicke said he has had issues with umpire Mark Ripperger, who "we've had before, and he is terrible behind home plate."
In the ninth inning with Milwaukee leading 2-1, closer Francisco Rodriguez faced catcher Rene Rivera and the first two pitches he threw were called balls by Ripperger. Then Rivera belted the next pitch into the bleachers. Roenicke came out to argue with Ripperger and was promptly tossed.
Rivera wasn't done with his heroics. He singled home the winning run in the 10th.
"I’m tired of sitting here watching the catcher set up off the plate and hitting his glove and (the umpire) calling it a strike,” Roenicke said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Roenicke, who has been thrown out of four games this season, did not say if he expects to be disciplined by MLB.
“I should have been kicked out in probably the second inning today." Roenicke said.
Milwaukee leads the N.L. Central by 1.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals with 29 games remaining.
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