Escobar, Yost ejected late in Royals' loss
Controversial call on forceout in seventh led to ninth-inning events
KANSAS CITY -- The frustration over a losing homestand finally bubbled over Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar and manager Ned Yost were both ejected following the top half of the ninth inning during the Royals' 7-5 loss to the Twins. The ejections were spurred on after a questionable call at second base in the bottom of the seventh.
With two out and the Royals trailing, 7-1, the Royals had runners at first and second. Escobar hit a ground ball deep into the hole at short that was fielded by Brian Dozier, who threw to second for the forceout. Despite appearing to have arrived before the ball, Chris Getz was called out at second and the inning was over.
Replays showed that Dozier wasn't on the bag when Getz arrived at the base. Both Getz and Yost had conversations with second-base umpire D.J. Reyburn following the play.
It wasn't until the conclusion of the top of the ninth when a comment from Escobar earned him an ejection. An irate Yost ran out to Reyburn and began arguing, before being tossed as well. Yost made a return gesture, mimicking Reyburn's ejection and voiced his displeasure some more before heading to the clubhouse.
"There was a call in the seventh inning at second base which would've -- if the call was called correctly -- we would've had the bases loaded and our No. 3 hitter up. And it wasn't a bang-bang miss either," Yost said during his postgame media gathering. "Looking at the replay, I think the ball was still five feet from the glove when Getz was popping up," Yost said. "He was called out, and it's just a little carry-over from that inning [that led to the ejection]."
"I just told him, 'Go inside and watch the replay. You made a mistake,'" Escobar said with teammate Brayan Pena translating.
"I never expected him to throw me out of the game because my question, it was a very good question. But I think he got mad and got pretty upset, and he threw me out of the game, I think, for no reason."
The play ended up being a fairly significant one, as the Royals scored four runs off the Twins' bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings. If Getz was ruled safe, the Royals would've had the bases loaded with Mike Moustakas at the plate.
"In hindsight, it was a big play because we would've had bases loaded, middle of the lineup coming up and we end up losing by two runs. Who knows what would've happened that inning,?" Getz said. "Clearly I thought I was safe. Esky thought I was safe. Most people thought I was safe. But [Reyburn] made that decision, and it was too bad."
Escobar's ejection was the first of his career, while Yost earned his 28th ejection. This was the second time Yost had been tossed this season, the first on June 14 against Milwaukee.
Escobar also went 0-for-3 at the plate to snap his nine-game hitting streak.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.