Oakland Athletics first baseman Ryan Noda was thrown out after Monday night’s 7-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox after he appeared to draw a light line in the mud following a hit.
Noda, after being called out for a seventh-inning swing in Oakland, batted in the mud as he walked towards the dugout. Home court umpire Emil Jiménez, clearly thinking Noda was malicious with his move, immediately ruled Noda out of the game.
This caused manager Mark Kotsay to rush out to question the ejection and left Noda extremely confused. Just look:
While not an official rule, drawing a line on the ground is often considered a snub to the home plate umpire. In the past, batters drew lines in the dirt to indicate where they landed when the ball crossed home plate or far off home plate, and are often thrown out on the spot.
Philadelphia Phillies star Nick Castellanos was thrown immediately in April after he leaned over and touched the ground after what he thought was an ill-named third hit.
Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners was ruled out last season after making a very clear line on the clay from a hit. The expulsion of Rodriguez was much more decisive than that of Noda or Castellanos.
Julio Rodríguez, who finished 8th in a 9–0 game, was eliminated from the game.
He received a call on the inside field, which he did not like, and he drew a line on clay. pic.twitter.com/1FUQMC8V5N
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 1, 2022
Although Noda barely shrugged off the ground and actually swung with the third punch, Jiménez wasted no time in throwing him out.
The Red Sox took a 6-0 victory in Oakland on Monday night, thanks in large part to a four-run sixth inning that included a double RBI from Connor Wong, a sacrifice from Adam Duvall and an RBI from Yu Chang. They also held the A’s with just one hit that evening, with Boston pitcher Nick Pivetta repeating a career-high 13 strikeouts after replacing starter Brennan Bernardino.
The win was Boston’s third in four games since the All-Star break. The A’s have lost four in a row and eight in a row since the break.
“I would like to say that you are just laundering this game,” Kotsai said. via NBC Sports. “Pivetta was good. We fought the same two pitchers in Boston. We went out tonight and Pivetta really dominated us. There’s no other way to describe it… Sometimes you run into a buzz saw and tonight seemed to be that night.”