A loss on more than one level
After ejection, Fielder may face more discipline
By RICK BRAUN
Posted: Aug. 12, 2007
Houston - The Milwaukee Brewers lost a game Sunday. They're hoping they didn't lose one of their star players for a few games, too.
Lance Berkman snapped a 2-2 tie with a leadoff homer in the eighth inning to ignite a four-run rally that sent the Houston Astros to a 6-4 victory at Minute Maid Park in a game that featured the ejection of Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder for arguing with home plate umpire Wally Bell.
Bell called Fielder out on a close pitch from Mark McLemore to end the top of the eighth inning, and when Fielder said something, Bell stepped toward him and tossed him from the game. That put Fielder into a mild rage, and he got into Bell's face and gestured strongly.
Brewers manager Ned Yost rushed out to the field to try to protect Fielder but arrived after Fielder began arguing.
Whether Fielder will be suspended for possibly bumping Bell is likely to be ruled upon soon.
Fielder did not think he made contact with Bell.
"I didn't touch him," Fielder said.
If there is any further action on the incident, much of it will be based on any report Bell writes up.
"I'll write up a report, too," Yost said.
The blow-up was somewhat uncharacteristic for Fielder, who usually keeps his composure. At the same time, Yost said, Fielder is a highly competitive person.
"I don't usually jaw much," Fielder said. "I don't jaw about anything unless I'm right."
Said Yost: "It's a tight game, and he plays with a lot of emotion. He thought the pitch wasn't a strike. He said something and the umpire threw him out, then he got upset because he felt the umpire shouldn't have thrown him out."