Chris Young lost his cool.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young, left, is restrained by manager Kirk Gibson as he argues with home plate umpire Larry Vanover Wednesday night. (Associated Press)
The Arizona Diamondbacks lost the game.
And thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers beating the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates closed to within 2.5 games of the first-place Reds after holding on to beat the D’backs 7-6.
Young was ejected after being called out on strikes in the seventh inning.
It was the turning point of the game.
Young was batting with the bases loads and the D’backs trailing 7-5. A key hit, and the game likely unravels, much like Tuesday night. And it looked like it would, as the Pirates made three errors in that inning.
Instead, Young struck out and was ejected. Justin Upton was ejected as well.
Jason Grilli reportedly wasn’t available in the eighth because of back-to-back appearances, and that last appearance was one to forget.
In his place, newly acquired reliever Chad Qualls gave up a run in the eighth.
Manager Clint Hurdle probably didn’t have many other options other than Qualls, but I’d like to see someone else used as the setup guy. I’m not sure Qualls is ready for that spot.
In other Pirates news, Alex Presley was sent to Triple-A.
– Rick Green