ST. LOUIS — Torey Lovullo claimed his Arizona Diamondbacks were being framed.
The manager set off a benches-clearing incident in his team’s 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls.
“I don’t want to say he is getting more than anyone else, because it’s part of the game,” Lovullo said. “I have the upmost respect for Yadier Molina. He’s one of the best catchers the game has ever seen. It was more of me saying, I respect him on that level, that he’s getting special things because he’s that good. That’s where I was coming from.”
Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock and got into a shouting match with Molina. The catcher appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.
Lovullo: “I didn’t say anything to (Yadier Molina). I just referenced him, in the wrong way.” pic.twitter.com/a37hqwnsON
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St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stepped between Molina and Lovullo.
Lovullo had shown displeasure on a strike three call to David Peralta in the first inning, then went to the umpire after the call against Pollock.
“I used a poor choice of
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/arizona/story/late-hrs-lead-d-backs-to-another-series-win-after-lovullos-tiff-with-ump-molina-040818
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