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MIDLAND (CBSDFW.COM) – Frisco RoughRiders manager Joe Mikulik was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Midland RockHounds after a tantrum on the field. The tirade came after a disputed call at home plate.
Jake Skole was heading home after Preston Beck chopped a ground ball to Midland first baseman Matt Olsen in the top of the fifth inning. The throw to the plate appeared to get away from catcher Bruce Maxwell and roll back into the field, but umpire Ron Teague called Skole out.
It seemed as though none of the three umpires saw what had happened, and the call was upheld.
Outrage ensued as Mikulik ran from the RoughRiders dugout and started to argue with anyone who would listen. Over the course of his rant, Mikulik threw his helmet to the ground, kicked dirt onto home plate, tossed a trash can onto the field and punted his shoe.
Vocal fans in the Midland crowd booed the Frisco manager as he left the game. This was the third time that Mikulik has been ejected this season.
Just after Mikulik’s scene, the RoughRiders managed to take a 4-1 lead. But the runs would be erased in a ninth inning rally and the RockHounds went on to win 5-4 in the 10th inning.