When he threw pitches to Josh Hamilton in the first inning, Peralta heard the umpire calling them — from over his left shoulder.

In a throwback to Little League days, Tim McClelland did some plate umpiring from behind the mound Tuesday after another ump was injured in the Brewers’ 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

 

“When he called ‘ball’ behind me, I just looked behind me,” Peralta said.

In a game where Angels first baseman Albert Pujols played the field for the first time since offseason surgery on his right knee, the big slugger set off an unusual chain of events. With two outs in the top of the first, he was hit by a pitch from Peralta. The ball deflected and broke plate umpire Seth Buckminster’s left hand.

Buckminster left the game along with umpire Anthony Johnson, who changed into home-plate gear. After a few minutes, with McClelland and Jim Joyce More >