Renteria ejected in fifth inning against Reds
Cubs manager tossed after arguing whether batted ball was fair or foul
CINCINNATI -- Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected for the fifth time this season after defending third baseman Luis Valbuena, who felt a ball was fair, not foul as called by umpire Andy Fletcher.
The Reds had runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth when Devin Mesoraco hit a ball down the third-base line. Fletcher called the ball foul, but Valbuena, who fielded the grounder and stepped on third for the apparent third out, thought it was fair, and said something to Fletcher, the third-base umpire.
Renteria went out to defend his player and got into a heated argument with Fletcher, and the manager was tossed.
"That poor guy, he had no chance today with me," Renteria said of Fletcher.
Why no chance?
"When my player feels he has a call, I think at that point as a manager, I have to talk to [the umpire]," Renteria said. "They're doing a great job. With all the different things and nuances they have to cover, he was more than patient enough with me."
The Cubs rookie manager now has been ejected by five different umpires this season.
"It happens," Renteria said. "Do I like getting ejected? No."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.