I erroneously reported that Aaron Myette was ejected for arguing pitches. He actually was ejected for throwing his first two pitches behind lead-off hitter Melvin Mora. Bad assumption on my part. Alex Rodriguez was hit in the top of the first, and the theory was that this was retaliation. Myette had this to say:
There's not much to talk about. I threw two pitches, and that was it for my outing. I pitch inside a lot, balls get away. I've never had perfect control.
I'll tell you, I believe him: He doesn't have the control to throw two pitches in a row to the same spot. Manager Jerry Narron argued the call--maybe he should have shown the ump Myette's stat sheet--to no avail. Myette was asked after the game if he was non-plussed by the call. He is still considering his response.
Basically, it was another example of the trigger-happy umps believing they are bigger than the game. It just happened to be that it worked out for the Rangers since it removed the worst pitcher in the stadium from the mound. "Thanks, Mark."
Also, Benoit, who was robbed of a win by the official scorer, recorded the longest outing that resulted in a save since the stat was first officially introduced in 1969. Maybe the Rangers should consider doing this more often--it was the best start of Benoit's season. Remember that Tony LaRussa move (I think it originated with Paul Richard) in which you start the game with one pitcher , usually a reliever, and then replace him after an inning or two with another pitcher who uses the opposite hand? This screws up the oppositions lineup and hilarity ensues. Maybe that was Narron's plan all along since it was by far the best pitched game all season in which Aaron Myette was the starter.