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Nats react to controversial call: ‘He never tagged me’

By Tom Schad | Associate Reporter

Trailing 4-2 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Pirates on Wednesday night, Wilson Ramos stood on first base. Denard Span hit a chopper to second baseman Neil Walker, and then things got interesting.

Walker lunged to tag Ramos, who appeared to shift out of the way, and then threw the ball to first base to complete the double play. Umpire Laz Diaz ruled that Walker had tagged Ramos, so the game was over. Video replays showed that Walker’s tag missed Ramos. Manager Davey Johnson went out to argue the call, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

Diaz was unavailable for comment after the game, but here’s what some of those involved had to say:

Ramos: “Not even close. He never tagged me. … I don’t know, maybe he want to go home.”

Span: “He didn’t tag him, from what I saw. Neil Walker charged the ball, tried to tag him, and when he didn’t tag him, you can even tell by the way his effort was to even throw it to first, he was just trying to get an out with me. It was not even close, and that’s too bad that Laz missed it.”

Johnson: “[Diaz] said he saw the tag. I said, ‘Were you in position to see the tag?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I saw it.’ … I asked Mike Winters, ‘How about you?’ He said, ‘I didn’t see it.’ Wasn’t in position.”

Ramos: “He told me, ‘He tagged you. I don’t hear, but I saw it.’ I said, ‘Sure, you didn’t see anything. Not even close.’”

Johnson: “It’s almost a guess play.”

Span: “It’s no secret that the ball definitely isn’t bouncing our way. That wasn’t the story of the game tonight, but anything could’ve happened if that play isn’t called there.”

Sunday’s game between Nats, Reds has three ejections

There were three ejections during the Nationals’ 6-4 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson, bench coach Pat Corrales and Reds skipper Dusty Baker were all tossed from the game.

Johnson was ejected in the seventh inning. He thought Michael Morse was hit by a pitch. He spoke to home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook, who then had a meeting with the umpiring crew. They all agreed that Morse was not hit. Johnson argued, while third-base umpire Joe West threw Johnson out of the game.

Johnson said he did not use profanity to get tossed.

“Mr. West thought to get rid of me,” Johnson said. “That’s part of the game, I guess.”

Bench coach Pat Corrales then took over as manager and was also ejected by Holbrook in the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Corrales simply told the umpire a certain pitch was high.

“I didn’t swear it at him or anything,” Corrales said.

Baker acknowledged that he cussed at the umpire. In the 12th inning, Drew Stubbs was caught trying to steal second base, but the replay showed that shortstop Ian Desmond did not make the tag on Stubbs.

“I said the magic word today, a couple of them,” Baker said about being ejected.

It looked like Desmond was going to be ejected in the sixth inning. After striking out looking to end the frame, Desmond was seen yelling at Holbrook for about 10 seconds, but Desmond remained in the game.

“A long game like that, it wears on the players and the umpires,” Desmond said. “I have a lot of respect for Sam back there. It was one of those heat of the moment things. That is very out of character for me to yell at the umpire. At the time, I cared. It was a little intense. You can’t leave it in the umpire’s hands.”

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