|Valentine arguing with the umpires was a common occurrence over the weekend vs. the Nats. (US Presswire)|
The Red Sox were hopping mad at the umpiring this weekend, particularly after Sunday's finale against the Nationals.
The Red Sox lost 4-3 and were outraged at the strike zone of home plate umpire Alan Porter, who they felt missed a Strike 3 call for closer Alfredo Aceves on a 1-2 pitch right before Roger Bernadina's game-winning double.
"Alfredo struck the guy out on a pitch that the whole ball is on the plate and he calls it a ball," manager Bobby Valentine said. "Then he hits an RBI."
Valentine wasn't around much longer. He was ejected for arguing after Dustin Pedroia objected to a strike call just off the plate during the final at-bat of the game. Pedroia kept jawing at Porter after striking out to end it, and the ump dismissively waved him off the field.
"I've got guys busting their butt, battling their butt off," Valentine said. "It's not right. Good umpires had a real bad series this series -- a real bad series -- and it went one way. There should be a review."
The Red Sox were still upset over the ejection of Kevin Youkilis from Friday's game for arguing balls and strikes. They managed just nine runs while getting swept by Nationals starters Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann.
"I thought they pitched well," Valentine said. "I thought they got pitches in key situations that weren't strikes. The game is simple: Throw it over the plate, call it a strike. Don't throw it over the plate, call it a ball. It's simple. That's all. That's all anybody asks. I know it's been going on for 100 years. I'm not the first one to say it. But this was a pretty lousy series."
The Sox were swept to end a 1-5 homestand that dropped them six games behind Tampa, in last place in the AL East.