A’s starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the second Saturday, part of some bizarre early-game happenings against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Kazmir took exception to a 3-2 call by home plate umpire Jerry Layne, when Layne called ball four on a very close pitch to Jesus Aguilar. Kazmir began jawing at Layne, who issued a quick warning toward the mound and then quickly gave Kazmir the thumb. A’s manager Bob Melvin shot out of the dugout and argued vehemently with Layne over the quick ejection.
Dan Otero came on in relief for what promises to be a long night for Oakland’s bullpen.
When the A’s came to bat in the top of the third, play was delayed for a period when a squirrel got loose in the outfield. The critter ran around the outfield, made his way to the infield, then unsuccessfully tried hopping on to the infield tarp along the third base-line before leaping into the stands.
Perhaps the odd stream of events inspired the A’s. After the squirrel exited, they rallied for three runs in the third, including a two-run homer from Brandon Moss, to take a 3-1 lead.