With the Yankees leading 5–2, New York was critical of home-plate umpire Dan Bellino after Angels third baseman David Freese walked. Although the inning ended on the next batter, when rightfielder Kole Calhoun grounded into a double play, Sabathia continued barking at Bellino despite being held back by third baseman Chase Headley.
Bellino ejected Sabathia after Sabathia yelled his way while walking toward the Yankees’ dugout. Girardi then hopped out of the dugout, got right in Bellino’s face and kicked some dirt. He was then ejected as well.
Sabathia came back over to Bellino and Girardi by home plate, and for a moment, the two Yankees were face-to-face with Bellino and nobody else around. Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy, bench coach Rob Thomson and first-base coach Tony Pena all came out to separate Girardi and Sabathia from Bellino.
Crew chief Tom Hallion said after the game he was surprised by how the ejections escalated.
Sabathia picked up the win once the Yankees secured a 6–2 victory. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters and walking one, improving to 3–7 on the season.
Earlier in the game, he became the 31st major-league pitcher to record 2,500 career strikeouts.
- Mike Fiammetta