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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo ejected in 5th inning against Padres

Jul 26, 2020, 2:52 PM | Updated: 8:55 pm
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)...
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ejected for arguing a call in the fifth inning of the game Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

With one out, designated hitter Kevin Cron got hit by pitch in the elbow. The umpire ruled that Cron stuck his elbow out and did not make an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch.

Lovullo came out to talk to the umpire. After a minute or so of arguing, he was ejected.

“He explained to me that Kevin leaned into the ball and kind of exposed his elbow and threw his elbow out in front of the baseball,” Lovullo said.

“I told him if it was going to be a strike I could have lived with that a little bit more, but I said because it was going to be a ball … I felt like he had a right to a certain point, certain spot in the batter’s box.”

This is Lovullo’s fifth ejection as the manager of the D-backs.

Interestingly enough, this ejection was different than the other four due to coronavirus cautions mandated by the league.

Lovullo said he tried to keep the social distancing rules in mind as he argued.

“I asked the umpire to make sure that he stayed away from me. That was the most important thing for me,” Lovullo said. “I just remember my mask riding up on my face and it was making me a little uncomfortable, and I felt like it was my responsibility to cover my face up.”

The D-backs were down 1-0 at the time of the ejection.

They came back to win 4-3 with all four Arizona runs scored in the eighth and ninth innings.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte looks up after hitting an RBI sacrifice fly during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta, right, celebrates with Ketel Marte after a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) San Diego Padres pitcher Kirby Yates walks off the field during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) San Diego Padres' Josh Naylor, bottom, slides past second base on a steal attempt next to Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. Naylor was out. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte is congratulated after scoring a run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar hits into a double play during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. A run scored on the play. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth is congratulated after scoring during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. The Diamondbacks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards fields an infield ground ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer, right, celebrates with Wil Myers after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Zac Gallen throws during a summer baseball training camp intrasquad game at Chase Field, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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