SEATTLE -- Robin Ventura hasn’t been pleased with the crew of umpires at Safeco Field this week and he hasn’t been shy about his feelings.
Ventura made several trips out of the dugout Tuesday night to argue with plate umpire C.B. Bucknor in a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Whether it was a dispute over whether or not a Mariners base runner left early on a tag up, a missed catcher’s interference call or an overturned home run call, Ventura wasn’t pleased with the crew.
The disputed calls came only a night after Ventura’s bench coach Mark Parent was ejected for arguing about crew chief Dale Scott’s strike zone.
“Obviously I spent too much time on the field tonight,” Ventura said.
One call Ventura didn’t agree with -- and was overturned -- was a Nick Franklin homer in the third inning that was later ruled a double after it was reviewed. Ventura also thought catcher Tyler Flowers was interfered with in the ninth inning when Michael Saunders stole the first of two bases. Saunders then scored on a Kelly Shoppach sacrifice fly.
“That’s one of those, for me I could see,” Ventura said. “You also can see the catcher’s reaction. It’s like a checked swing. But I spent too much time on the field tonight.”