Chicago White Sox: Ejections

Quintana, Ventura ejected in fourth inning

May, 30, 2012
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana and manager Robin Ventura were ejected from Wednesday’s game after Quintana threw behind Tampa Bay Rays cleanup hitter Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning.

Quintana’s first pitch to Zobrist in the fourth inning soared behind his legs, and Zobrist stared at Quintana and laughed. Home plate umpire Mark Wegner ejected Quintana a moment later.

“(I) was actually going to throw a fastball,” Quintana said through translator Jackson Miranda. “As he was going to throw it, (I) saw A.J. had signs in for a changeup. So ... instead of crossing over, (I) ended up throwing it. That’s how it slipped out.

“I was definitely surprised by it. I wasn’t expecting it, especially as I said I wasn’t trying to cross my catcher. To be thrown out for it was kind of weird.”

Ventura emerged from the dugout and argued Wegner’s call. Ventura would eventually also be ejected after continuing to argue. It was the first time Ventura was tossed from a game as the White Sox’s manager.



White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch in the upper half of his body by Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the third inning. No warning was issued by Wegner afterward.

Wegner did issue a warning after ejecting Quintana, who was making his second major-league start.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ventura said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I was shocked. Usually, if the guy’s feeling it was intended, he gives the warning and it goes from there. It’s just shocking.


White Sox reliever Nate Jones replaced Quintana.

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