During the bottom of the seventh inning, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais got ejected for the first time in 2021. Reliever Will Vest hit Byron Buxton on a 0-1 pitch in a pretty dangerous area, but it was an 84.6 mph changeup.
The hit by pitch led to an umpire discussion and at the end of it, the crew gave a warning to both dugouts. That sparked a reaction from Scott Servais which later led to his ejection by Laz Diaz.
Mariners manager Scott Servais was wrongfully ejected
Byron Buxton was 3 for 3 up to that point, so maybe the umpires thought it was an intentional bean of the Twins’ hottest hitter. The umpires must have thought that Seattle wanted to get some revenge for Ty France’s troubles. France got hit twice during the game, once in the first inning and the other time in the seventh inning.
Even if that was the case, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Mariners to bean Buxton. The Mariners were losing 5-6 in the late innings. No logical person would think it’s a good time to hit a batter in such a tight game.
Buxton is also one of the fastest players in the league, so if anything, we would’ve beaned Nelson Cruz or somebody else that wouldn’t be a threat on the base paths.
Will Vest is also known for his lack of control. If Marco Gonzales threw a fastball at Buxton’s head, that’s a different story but it’s Will Vest…
That being said, Scott Servais was just as confused and angry as I was during the game. Servais came out of the dugout and was clearly frustrated and let the umpires know. The Mariners manager must have said something really mad because it wasn’t even a conversation. Laz Diaz threw him out immediately.