Montero Backs Iwakuma With Homer As M’s Win

Montero backs Iwakuma with homer as M’s winJesus Montero provided the big blow for Seattle, continuing to get the best of Jered Weaver.
But Kyle Seager was the one responsible for knocking Weaver out of the game by getting hit.
Montero hit a three-run homer, and Seager’s jawing with Weaver eventually led to the Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher being ejected in the Mariners’ 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Montero hit his fifth career home run off Weaver, among six hits against the veteran right-hander. But the lasting image was Seager and Weaver exchanging words in the fifth inning, eventually leading to Weaver hitting Seager in the ribs and getting ejected.

Afterward, Seager wasn’t backing down from what happened with Weaver.

“It definitely escalated, and he handled it the way he wanted to. But from my perspective, he quit on his team and I didn’t quit on mine,” Seager said.

The incident started with Seager calling for time in the batters’ box. Weaver (7-11) became impatient, leading to the pair barking back and forth. Following a brief delay, Seager indicated he was ready and Weaver responded with an 133-kph fastball into Seager’s ribs. Weaver was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora.

Weaver said he believed because he was on the pitching rubber and Seager had both feet in the batters’ box it was time to pitch.

“Just because he has his hand up doesn’t really mean anything. If you’re going to do that, just step out of the box or keep a foot out or do something,” Weaver said. “But when you’ve got both feet planted and you’re looking at me, I assume you are ready to go.”

“It was right in the middle and he got me out the first at-bat with that same pitch,” Montero said.

Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) allowed one run and struck out a season-high nine in six strong innings to help the Mariners win for the 10th time in 15 games. The loss dropped the Angels five games behind Texas in the AL West, but they remained 3½ games behind Houston in the AL wild-card race.

Iwakuma was lifted after throwing 84 pitches in six innings and allowing just four hits.