D-backs’ Ketel Marte, Torey Lovullo ejected in loss vs. Rockies
Sep 10, 2022, 7:31 PM | Updated: 8:35 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks designated hitter Ketel Marte and manager Torey Lovullo were ejected from Saturday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, a 4-1 loss for the D-backs.
Marte stood in to lead off the seventh inning and took exception to a low strike call by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
The veteran held up two fingers to the umpire, possibly referring to a low strike called in his last at-bat.
Wendelstedt did not have the patience for that, and he ejected Marte and soon after Lovullo for arguing.
Marte had an impactful game before the ejection, as he drove in Arizona’s (65-73) only run of the ballgame.
Ketel Marte gets the offense rolling with an RBI single! pic.twitter.com/iaraDoRCoE
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) September 11, 2022
It was the Diamondbacks’ fourth-consecutive loss. Prior to their current skid, they had won nine of 11 games.
C.J. Cron hit a three-run home run and José Ureña gave up one run in 5.1 innings for Colorado’s (61-79) fourth-consecutive victory.
Cron’s 457-foot shot to center field off Madison Bumgarner (6-14) was his team-high 28th home run of the season and his fourth in the past seven games. It came one day after he launched a 504-foot blast to left field that was the second-longest home run since tracking began in 2015.
Ureña struck out five batters. It was the right-hander’s fourth-consecutive start in which he failed to get out of the sixth inning, but it marked the fewest runs he had allowed in an outing since pitching six shutout innings in a July 16 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bumgarner allowed only two hits in the first five innings, but gave up four hits and two walks in Colorado’s four-run sixth inning, which was capped by a sacrifice fly from Sean Bouchard that brought home Brendan Rodgers.
Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (11-2, 2.42 ERA) will face Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (2-7, 5.85) on Sunday afternoon in the third and final game of the series. Gallen needs one scoreless inning to break Brandon Webb’s franchise record of 42 straight shutout frames.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.