it specifically needs a lot of San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kappler was ejected from the game. He rarely felt the need to engage in a heated exchange with the referee, claiming that most ejections were just for show.
But on Thursday, referee Phil Cucci apparently touched a nerve with Kappler. You know what – Kappler has every right to be angry.
Midway through the sixth inning, Giants pitcher Jaleen Garcia imitated Mookie Bates and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a confrontation. Dodgers’ dugout celebration. Kouchi saw this and followed Garcia to the dugout to teach pitchers about sportsmanship.
That’s when Kappler stepped in.
Kapler was ejected in his heated argument — a first as a Giants manager — but in reality, the whole sequence came back to Kouchi. There’s no reason for a major league umpire to go to a dugout to give a Ted speech about the unwritten rules. Betts may have had issues with the festivities (especially given the Dodgers’ lead at the time), but this was a competitive game, not Cuzzi’s job of overseeing the festivities on behalf of the Dodgers.
Garcia hit Cody Bellinger and James Altman in the sixth. In the next inning, Tretner hit a home run, and he and his Dodgers teammates celebrated their hit as he circled the bases.
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“I don’t know (what happened to Garcia). You have to ask him. I just stood on the deck and he pointed at me and started our batting celebration,” Bates said after the game.
Betts hit a 3-run homer in the fourth to give the Dodgers the lead forever.
Dodgers win game 5-3, completing their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since 1977. The Dodgers beat the Giants in eight straight games, tying the longest winning streak in Los Angeles history.