Tracy tossed for arguing hit-by-pitch call
Rockies skipper claims Sweeney swung bat in sixth inning
DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the sixth inning of Thursday's 12-11 loss to the Phillies after arguing Emmel's call that pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney should be awarded first base after being hit by a pitch.
With the bases loaded in the sixth, reliever Matt Belisle threw a 93-mph fastball that struck Sweeney's hand as he began his swing, but attempted to draw back. Emmel immediately awarded Sweeney first base, which plated Jayson Werth from third base. Tracy was irate because he believed Sweeney swung the bat, nullifying the hit by pitch.
"I thought he swung at it," Tracy said. "[Emmel] wasn't sure because he immediately asked [first-base umpire Bill Hohn]. And Billy said, 'No swing.' I thought it was a swing. That simple. I thought he swung at the pitch."
After Sweeney made his way to first, Belisle got Phillies leadoff man Jimmy Rollins to ground into a double play, ending the inning with a 6-3 Colorado lead.
It was Tracy's second ejection of the season. The first instance came on May 12 against the Phillies -- during the series which Thursday's one-game makeup at Coors Field resulted from.
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.