"I didn't really realize it for a second either," said Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who had to inform Dillard that he had, in fact, been ejected. "I guess whenever you miss by that much, guys start wondering what's going on."
Now Dillard is left to wonder what further punishment might come his way in the form of a fine or suspension. Dillard should be fine unless he finds an envelope waiting at his locker.
There was one there Monday afternoon, but it was just a harmless note about the Babe Ruth League.
What caught Dillard most by surprise was that no warnings had been issued prior to his ejection.
"He throws sidearm, man," said fellow reliever Kameron Loe, who finished the ninth following the ejection. "Sometimes he lets one go in the right-handed batter's box."
Adding to the question of Dillard's intent were the postgame comments from Carroll, who said Lucroy mentioned Nyjer Morgan's name before home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt cut their conversation short.
That would seem to imply retaliation on the Brewers' part for Morgan getting hit by a pitch earlier in the game, but Lucroy said that was not the case.
"I said 'Nyjer Morgan,' but it was more on the basis like, 'Yeah, I think they thought that you said they threw at Nyjer Morgan on purpose or something,'" Lucroy said Monday. "I really don't know; that's all I said. And I didn't think it was anything more than that.
"I think it was just a miscommunication. I don't think he heard me because the umpire kind of cut us off."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he had read the comments from Carroll, but Roenicke did not wish to comment on the situation.