Ketel Marte put up two doubles and two RBI Friday night, and also faced his second career ejection from an MLB game.
Julia Stumbaugh, Arizona Republic
The Diamondbacks may have been victorious Friday night in the second game of a four-game set against the Brewers at Chase Field, but versatile All-Star Ketel Marte was not around when the final out was recorded.
Marte was ejected by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook after he struck out swinging to end the bottom of the seventh. Marte had some words for Holbrook after two called strikes, and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo shouted some words from the dugout, as well.
After Marte swung and missed for strike three, he slammed his bat down, then flung his batting helmet, as well, that piece of equipment landing right at the feet of Holbrook.
Lovullo was diplomatic when addressing the ejection in his postgame comments. Saturday afternoon, he said he had watched the video back and conceded that Marte’s actions did warrant the early departure, with the batting helmet likely being the last straw for the veteran umpire.
What Lovullo questioned was why a similar incident involving Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun earlier in the game wasn’t treated the same way. Braun was called out on a check swing in the fifth inning. He actually gestured first, then flung his bat and his helmet and yet was not ejected.
“For me I think Ketel went too far with the helmet and it rolled by the umpire. I don’t think any umpire would stand for that. So I understand that. The part that is confusing to me was the inconsistency between his at-bat and Braun’s at-bat,” he said. “Ryan Braun throws two things from basically the same position that he was standing in while he was hitting and not a word is said to him. So that’s the part I’m most frustrated about.
“The balls and strikes I get. It’s hard for anybody to judge a strike zone and whether they were all balls and strikes. We know what they were. I think the ejection with the helmet rolling in front of the umpire was the right call. The part that confused me was the Braun part of it.”
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell got testy when he was asked about the similar incidents.
“I wasn’t at the plate so I have no idea what Marte said to (the) umpire,” he snapped when told of Lovullo’s comments an hour or so earlier. “And he doesn’t know what Braun said. Maybe it was the helmet landing right there.”
The Diamondbacks have several players working their way back from injuries.
Utilityman Blake Swihart served as designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two strikeouts for High-A affiliate Visalia of the California League Friday night. He was scheduled to play for that team again Saturday.
Pitcher Luke Weaver did some light throwing from 90 feet for five minutes, an increase from the 75 from which he threw earlier this week.
Pitcher Taijuan Walker still has yet to begin a throwing program.
Outfielder David Peralta took aggressive batting practice and ran the bases and is expected to go out on a rehab assignment soon. Lovullo said he hopes Peralta could be available when the team embarks on its next road trip on Friday.
The Diamondbacks recalled pitcher Stefon Crichton from Triple-A Reno and put relief pitcher Matt Andriese (4-4, 5.91) on the injured list with a left foot contusion.
Andriese was struck on the foot by a grounder off the bat of Lorenzo Cain in the seventh inning. Andriese stayed in the game but Lovullo said his foot swelled up afterward so the team felt it was better to give him a chance to rest and get treatment.
“These athletes go out there and they want to grind through everything,” Lovullo said. “He told us he was fine. He had some imaging done and it wasn’t broken. He felt some discomfort after the game so we thought it was better to get him off his feet and get some treatment.”
This is the third time Crichton has been called up. His first stay lasted only five days while his second was for two weeks.
Marte, who recorded his career-high 60th RBI Friday night, leads the majors with a .345 average (91 for 264) since May 1. … The Diamondbacks lead the majors with a .900 stolen base percentage (54 for 60). They have been successful on 20 straight tries, one shy of the club record. Jarrod Dyson has a team-high 21 which ties him for third in all of baseball.