ANAHEIM -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected two outs into the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Angels. Showalter was tossed by home-plate umpire Angel Campos immediately after coming onto the field to voice his displeasure on the first strike called on Nick Markakis, who went on to go 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Baltimore's 3-2 win over the Angels.
"It puts a little fire in you," Markakis said of watching Showalter take a bullet for the team. "Buck's here to protect us. That's his job, it's what he does. And you have to go out there and keep battling. And when you get put in a situation like [the eighth and 10th innings] it makes you want to do a little more."
Replays showed the first pitch by Angels starter Dan Haren was outside, in the other batter's box, and Showalter spoke with Campos and crew chief Dale Scott for several minutes after he was ejected.
"You share your players frustration," said Showalter, who recorded his first ejection this season with his team trailing 1-0. "You can feel it in the dugout. There was so much focus on the strike zone that we were forgetting a little bit, not forgetting, but it was taking away from the competition.
"You know, I'm not going to complain, but when you have the number of people that we do complain that don't ever complain ...
"I had been looking at it for a while and sometimes you have to take that bullet."
Sunday marked the 20th ejection of Showalter's career -- and came on the heels of him voicing his displeasure over the strike zone in the first two games of the series, both won by the Angels.
Asked if he was worried that Markakis, who spoke with Campos after the first strike called in the 10th, would join him in the clubhouse Showalter said, "Oh, yeah. Take your pick. About six or seven, six people [unhappy with the strike zone]. There were more pitches than six, I can tell you that."