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Roenicke ejected for arguing fan-interference call

Roenicke ejected for arguing fan-interference call

Roenicke ejected for arguing fan-interference call

SEATTLE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was ejected Friday after arguing a call that temporarily took the go-ahead run off the scoreboard in Friday's 10-5 win against the Mariners.

Carlos Gomez had just scored all the way from first base on an error charged to Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who allowed a Yuniesky Betancourt grounder to get down the left-field line. But Gomez was ordered back to third when the umpires ruled a fan had touched the ball as it banked off the wall.

Roenicke engaged home-plate umpire Dan Bellino and third-base umpire Tim Welke in an animated discussion that resulted in Roenicke's second ejection this season. The other was April 23 at San Diego for arguing balls and strikes.

"I didn't argue the point that it hit a fan, because I didn't even know if it hit him," Roenicke said. "The home-plate umpire was the only one who didn't see it hit the guy's arm. So, the other three got together, all three of them said they saw it hit the fan. I didn't argue that.

"What I argued was, it didn't affect the ball coming off the wall. [The Mariners] didn't even attempt to get 'Gomey' at home, so he should have scored. So, the one guy who didn't see the play, he's the one who rules the run scores or not. How can they ask him? He didn't see it hit the spectator, so how does he know how the ball comes off? Really, all of them should have got together and said, 'How does that ball get affected, does he score anyway? You don't leave it to the guy at home plate who doesn't see the play."

Roenicke added: "I stayed out too long. I should have got kicked out. I just told him that he took the easy route out, which he did. He took the easy call, which is spectator interference, and you just give the guy a double. That's the easy way, and he took it. I stayed out there too long, because I thought I was right."

With Roenicke banished to the clubhouse, Gomez scored anyway on a bloop single by Jeff Bianchi.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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