ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sunday wasn’t the Mets’ day.
In the rubber game of the series against the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, New York lost 14-2. The players were visibly frustrated throughout the day, and it ultimately cost two of them.
Third baseman David Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy were ejected in the top of the seventh by home-plate umpire Toby Basner.
Wright and Murphy were called out on strikes earlier in the game and both took exception with Basner’s strikeout call with Travis d’Arnaud at-bat. It was the fourth career ejection for Wright and the first for Murphy.
During the singing of “God Bless America” in the seventh-inning stretch, Mets manager Terry Collins stood next to Basner at home plate. The two could be seen chatting.
“I’m not going to comment on the umpires. I’m not going to get into any more trouble than I’m already in. I’ve said my piece down on the field and I’m just going to leave it at that,” Wright said.
“We have each other’s backs. And when something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us,” Wright said.
Wilson got seven of his nine strikeouts on called strikes.
“You can’t really get a scouting report on the umpires and try to change too much with that. You have to pitch to the hitters,” Wilson said. “But it wasn’t like the guy had some crazy strike zone. It’s just that they were up there looking for pitches that I wasn’t throwing, which is why they took the strike-three calls.”
The Mets struck out 11 times on the afternoon.
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