Upton's miserable series ends with ejection
Houston – Justin Upton had a forgettable series in Houston.
The Tigers’ left fielder and No. 2 hitter was 1-for-13 with six strikeouts, stranding four runners in scoring position. He put up a mild protest of a called third strike in his final at-bat Saturday night, but his frustration boiled over in his last at-bat Sunday.
Upton flung his bat and had a few choice words for home plate umpire Rob Drake after he was called out in the seventh inning and was promptly ejected. Upton, who said afterward he thought the pitch was high, made sure he got his money’s worth.
He barked at Drake for several seconds until manager Brad Ausmus got between them.
“From my angle it looked like the ball was up,” Ausmus said. “I understand his frustration. It was a close game and he was the go-ahead run.”
His final at-bat Saturday night was strange.
With runners on first and third, Upton took a pitch high and tight from Will Harris. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook initially ruled it a ball. But catcher Jason Castro immediately turned to Holbrook and said the ball hit off Upton’s bat.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch started to come out of the dugout but Upton waived him back. He owned up, telling Holbrook that it did indeed hit his bat.
So, strike one.
But his honesty went unrewarded. Upton was called out on a close pitch for strike three.
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