ARLINGTON, Texas – Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and hitting coach Alex Cintron were ejected after consecutive throws for discussing balls and strikes in the second inning of Wednesday's 4-0 loss in Texas.
According to referee crew chief Jerry Meals, who worked at third base, the Astros dugout "basically erupted" after a hit on the first pitch thrown to Tyler White at the top of the second.
Hinch left after plate judge Ron Kulpa looked towards the dugout. At first, nobody expelled anyone, but shortly after the manager returned to the dugout and before the next pitch, Cintron was still chirping and was thrown.
When Hinch was asked if he was upset because Kulpa was still looking at the dugout, the manager replied, "Yes, I think things could have been handled differently, everyone has social networks, everyone has a transmission, everyone knows what happened." .
One throw later, after another blow called, Hinch was expelled and then left the dugout for a heated argument with Kulpa. Hinch was retired by bank coach Joe Espada, who badumed the position of interim manager.
"So we know that you discuss balls and punches, it's one thing, when you're pushed out more aggressively, it's disappointing," Hinch said.
In the replay, Kulpa seemed to be saying "I can do whatever I want" while I address Hinch.
"That's what he said, and apparently that's what he meant," Hinch said. He's in charge. And obviously you do a scene, I suppose, so everyone has to pay attention. But we'll let the league solve it & # 39; & # 39 ;.
The meals said that Kulpa had warned the Astros bank to "leave him alone" and told Hinch that when he left for the first time.
"It was all because the dugout complained about the pitches," Meals said of the expulsions.
In the bottom of the first, the Astros and starter Gerrit Cole were upset with a 2-2 fastball for Joey Gallo who called himself a ball. Gallo finally took a walk of two outs but did not score.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.