Van Slyke tossed for arguing from dugout
Ethier enters game in center field to open seventh inning
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers center fielder Scott Van Slyke was ejected in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night by plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing from the dugout.
Van Slyke was called out on strikes for the second out of the inning and stood at the plate in disbelief before returning to the dugout. Juan Uribe followed with a lineout on a spectacular catch by Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay. After Matt Kemp, who singled to lead off the inning, was caught stealing at second base -- a play that manager Don Mattingly initially argued but did not challenge -- Miller ejected Van Slyke for complaining from the dugout.
Van Slyke said he didn't need to look at a replay of the 1-2 fastball from Seth Maness.
"I've seen enough balls off the plate," he said. "It's a ball. It's just frustrating, a big point in the game. I get back to 2-2 [if it's a ball], instead I'm rung up. I could tell how far off it is. The guy's been umpiring umpteen years, he should be able to call a ball."
Andre Ethier took over in center field with the Dodgers trailing, 3-1.
It was the first ejection of Van Slyke's career.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.