In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Pirates leading 5-3, Joey Votto and manager Brian Price were thrown out of the ballgame by home plate umpire Bill Welke. Votto was extremely unhappy on a strike call on a 1-1 pitch. He was livid to the point where he had to be restrained by manager Brian Price and third base coach Jim Riggleman and got the early shower. Price was ejected for arguing with the umpire and standing up for his player.
“”My understanding is that Joey asked for time and Welke didn’t grant it,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “That’s what got it started.”
“I know that Joey looked over to the dugout and that’s my sign to get out there. He was already ejected before I could get there. Our argument is that if someone asks for time he should get it. Joey handled the situation professionally until he got upset,” he said. “You can argue about how you act when you’re upset. Joey was upset. Bill was upset. I was upset. There were a lot of upset people out there.”
The dispute quickly escalated and Reds teammates intervened to restrain Votto, with first base umpire Laz Diaz helping prevent the big hitter from reaching Welke. Price also was ejected.
By the way the Pirates beat the Reds 5-4.