Hernandez fined $500 for arguing balls and strikes
After Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Reds, Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez told the Washington media that he was fined $500 earlier in the day for arguing Lance Berkman’s check swing, which occurred Tuesday against the Astros.
In the ninth inning, with the Nationals leading, 7-6, and two outs, the Nationals felt that closer Matt Capps struck Berkman out swinging on a 2-2 pitch, but third base umpire Bill Hohn said Berkman checked his swing. On the next pitch, Berkman singled to left field to drive in two runs and give the Astros an 8-7 victory.
Hernandez acknowledged that he argued the check-swing call in the dugout, but felt he should not have been fined.
“I said nothing. All I said was, it was a bad call and I get fined for 500 bucks,” Hernandez said. “I don’t think I’m going to pay for that because it was a bad call. [Berkman] swung. Everybody watched the video. The guy swung. The umpire made a mistake, not me. It’s not right. … Don’t fine me, fine the umpire. I didn’t make a mistake. We lost the game right there.”
Hohn was not available for comment.