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John Farrell on 2nd inning ejection: 'It was kind of a quick hook'

Ryan Hannable
October 09, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected in the second inning of Monday's Game 4 for arguing balls and strikes.

The Red Sox had bases loaded with no outs trailing 2-1 in the second inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out looking on two close pitches and then Dustin Pedroia was called out on strikes on a borderline inside pitch.

Pedroia had words with home plate umpire Mark Wegner and Farrell came out of the dugout to defend Pedroia to prevent him from being ejected, but then was ejected himself for arguing balls and strikes.

"I went out to get Pedey away from Mark Wegner. Obviously it was a key moment," Farrell said afterwards. "Pedey obviously disagreed with the call that was made. I did not argue balls and strikes and yet that was a little surprising when I was ejected at that point. So for whatever reason, he felt like -- there was nothing derogatory or directed straight at him, I never argued balls and strikes, it was a really quick hook."

Added Pedroia: “I don’t know. I didn’t even, honestly, go look at it. I just know my first at-bat, he gave him a fastball off the plate away – a lot off – so I was under the assumption that you’re not going to give in off the plate. But it’s a part of the game. Obviously you’re trying to compete and the guy’s got good stuff, so it makes it difficult to compete when you’re trying to cover that much. But, that’s a part of baseball.”

Below is video of the ejection.

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