Facing Tony Watson while Cincinnati trailed, 5-3, with runners on first and second base, Votto took a 1-1 pitch for a called strike by Welke. Votto appeared to call timeout from the batter's box, and Welke did not grant it. When Votto turned to the Reds' dugout to complain that he couldn't get a timeout, the umpire tossed him.
An enraged Votto immediately spiked his helmet and went nose-to-nose with Welke before he was pulled away by coaches
Votto blew more than his top and a chance to be a hero and the Reds went on to a 5-4 loss.