A red-faced Terry Collins eventually retreated to the dugout. But before walking the tunnel back to his office, he pulled the blue lineup card out of his back pocket, then tossed it as if he were a hitter after a mammoth home run.
He had reason to be upset.
Moments earlier, he asked for a video review, believing that catcher Taylor Teagarden had legged out an infield single to lead off the fifth inning. Fans cheered when the play was shown on the Citi Field scoreboard, convinced that the evidence was clear.
But much like everything else in Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Brewers, the Mets came away empty-handed.
Collins was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Gary Cederstrom after video review upheld the call, which was ultimately made at Major League Baseball's central review hub in midtown Manhattan.
Said Collins: "It would be nice to know what angle they were looking at."
On a night in which the Mets offense went back into hibernation, they needed every break they could get. Had the call been overturned, the Mets would have had Teagarden on first with nobody out. They were trailing by just two runs.
But the replay killed a rally before it even began for the Mets, who have dropped seven of their last eight games, and have slipped to a season-worst seven games under the .500 mark.
Rookie Jacob deGrom (0-3) took the loss, even though he showed a measure of maturity by sidestepping danger. He allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, though the results could have been much worse.
He might have even been rewarded with his first big-league victory had the Mets managed to generate any offense against the eventual winner, Wily Peralta (6-5). Instead, deGrom was handed another loss, even though his damage control kept the Mets within striking distance. "It's mentally tough," deGrom said. "But it's part of this game."
DeGrom gave up three straight hits -- all of them soft -- but escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the first. In the third, he kept the Brewers to just one run after Scooter Gennett started the inning with a double.
He got into jams in the fourth and fifth but again kept the damage to a run in each inning, departing with the Mets trailing only 3-1. "He pitched brilliantly to get himself out of trouble," Collins said.
But while deGrom showed plenty of fight on the mound, the Mets failed to match that effort at the plate, with their only run coming on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in the second.
It might have been different had the video review gone the Mets' way.
"My gut reaction was that my foot hit the bag before the [ball hit] the glove," said Teagarden, whose initial thought was confirmed by the replay he saw on the stadium scoreboard.
Collins jogged onto the field and looked into the dugout, where bench coach Bob Geren flashed a thumbs-up, the sign to request a replay. He ran back onto the field 1 minute, 59 seconds later, demanding an answer from Cederstrom, for a call that wasn't in his hands.
Cederstrom tossed Collins, who threw both his hands in the air. Later, the manager called baseball's new replay system "outstanding" and insisted "the system works."
But in this instance, he wasn't a fan.
Said Collins: "I have seen closer plays than this one tonight overturned."