Nats’ Riggleman ejected from Sunday’s game
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was ejected in the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Orioles.
On the second pitch of the game, it appeared that outfielder Roger Bernadina bunted for a base hit, but home plate umpire Todd Tichneor called Bernadina out for stepping out of the batter’s box while trying to bunt.
At first, Riggleman thought Bernadina was called out for running out of the baseline. A few seconds later, Riggleman learned that Bernadina stepped on home plate while he was bunting.
Riggleman argued for several minutes with Tichneor before the skipper was ejected. It marked the second time Riggleman was tossed from a game this season. Riggleman looked at the video later and realized that Tichneor was right. Bernadina foot was on home plate while trying to bunt.
“It’s like most calls: [The umpires are right] and we are wrong,” Riggleman said. “I didn’t even have an argument. I was just irritated the call was made. … But it’s a call you just never see get made. He got the call right. I don’t know what else I could say.”