The Midwest League is in full swing and Friday night’s game between the Lake County Captains and the West Michigan Whitecaps got a little heated and got both coaches ejected.
Whitecaps manager Brayan Pena and Captains manager Omir Santos were in the spotlight during the game. But it was Pena who went viral in the ninth for what he did after he was pitched.
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West Michigan led Lake County, 4-3, in the top of the ninth inning. After a low-appearing curveball was called a strike, Peña was calling out of the third-base box and was ejected. Furious, he went down the line to tell the referee what he thought.
Pena started to walk back to his dugout when he did a 180 and walked across the grass behind the home plate umpire. I had a few more words for him. Rather than walk to right field where he could exit the stadium, Pena jumped over the wall that separates the fans from the field and climbed the stairs to the concourse.
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Peña played in the majors for five different teams between 2005 and 2016.
Lake County tied the game in the bottom of the inning. West Michigan scored four runs in the tenth, but Lake County responded with five runs to win the game, 9-8. Over the course of the weekend, the two teams would split their series, 3-3.
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The Whitecaps are the High-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and the Captains are affiliated with the Cleveland Guardians.