Scioscia tossed after replay takes away Trout homer
Angels manager ejected vs. A's after debating application of fan-interference call
ANAHEIM -- The Angels lost a home run and their manager on one crew-chief review, when umpires overturned an initial Mike Trout homer due to fan interference in the fifth inning of Monday's 4-1 victory against the A's.
With one out and Hank Conger on second, Trout lined a Jesse Chavez offering toward the very top of the scoreboard in right field. First-base umpire Bob Davidson signaled a home run, even though a fan appeared to reach over the fence to try to catch the ball and deflected it back into the field of play.
After initiating a crew chief review, it was ruled that Trout had an RBI double that put the Angels ahead, 3-1. That infuriated Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who seemingly felt Trout should be on third base because he probably would've had a triple had it bounced off the wall.
After voicing his frustrations, Scioscia was ejected for the first time this season and the 37th time in his career.
"I don't know how they overturned the home run, first of all," Scioscia said after his team's win. "If they called it a double, then I could see where there's a little argument to say they couldn't tell. They called it a home run. That ball was over the yellow line. No doubt.
"So I don't know what they saw in New York, and that's part of the frustration that I have with this whole system is the fact that there's no way there was indisputable evidence that that ball was not a home run. No way. And the more frustrating part is not giving Mike a triple. I don't know if I've ever seen Mike hit a ball that high off the wall and he's not standing on third base. So, yeah, I was frustrated."
Trout moved to third base after an error on Albert Pujols' grounder to third, but he was stranded there when the inning ended.
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