Mattingly changes umps' minds, but Dodgers lose

Associated Press Published: August 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly won a rare argument without even raising his voice. Once he got them to overturn their original ruling, they couldn't get Jim Tracy to hush.

Los Angeles had a runner at second base with two outs in the seventh inning when first base umpire Mike Estabrook said that Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler had made a sliding catch on Shane Victorino's sinking liner.

Mattingly came out to contest the call and after all of the umps huddled, they reversed the call. But the Dodgers still lost 2-0 on Monday night.

"I was just trying to get them to make sure they check with each other," Mattingly said. "The only thing I could do, really, was to get them to conference-up and try to get it right. And once they do that, it's in their hands."

TV replays showed that the ball hit the grass before ending up in Fowler's glove.

"I caught it 100 percent. No doubt," Fowler said. "Shane was still running, and I was like, 'Aren't there three outs?' I told the first base umpire he made the right call. I walked into the dugout and skip asked me: 'Hey, did you catch it?' And I told him: 'Yeah, I caught it.' I'd never seen that before — we go in the dugout and then have to go back out."

Tracy threw a tantrum on the field and was ejected by third base ump and crew chief Mike Everitt after slamming his cap to the ground. Tracy remained on the field for several minutes in an animated discussion with Everitt. But the Dodgers failed to capitalize after play resumed, as Adam Ottavino retired Mark Ellis on a flyball with runners at the corners.

"I think I'm a pretty tolerant guy, but there's a limit to everything," Tracy said. "Quite frankly, I think he caught the ball and there's no question about that. I've seen the replay a few times, and even if he trapped it, I understand and appreciate the fact that the umpires are doing the very best they can to get the calls right. And yet, on that particular play, I find it hard to believe how three other guys can weigh in being as far away from that as they were."

Ottavino (3-1) took over in the fifth inning for a tiring Drew Pomeranz and gave up one hit in three innings of relief — the disputed single by Victorino.

Carlos Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly in the first and rookie Jordan Pacheco added an RBI single in the third for the Rockies, who prevented the Dodgers from overtaking NL West-leading San Francisco following the Giants' loss at St. Louis.

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