Sunday’s game between Nats, Reds has three ejections

There were three ejections during the Nationals’ 6-4 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson, bench coach Pat Corrales and Reds skipper Dusty Baker were all tossed from the game.

Johnson was ejected in the seventh inning. He thought Michael Morse was hit by a pitch. He spoke to home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook, who then had a meeting with the umpiring crew. They all agreed that Morse was not hit. Johnson argued, while third-base umpire Joe West threw Johnson out of the game.

Johnson said he did not use profanity to get tossed.

“Mr. West thought to get rid of me,” Johnson said. “That’s part of the game, I guess.”

Bench coach Pat Corrales then took over as manager and was also ejected by Holbrook in the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Corrales simply told the umpire a certain pitch was high.

“I didn’t swear it at him or anything,” Corrales said.

Baker acknowledged that he cussed at the umpire. In the 12th inning, Drew Stubbs was caught trying to steal second base, but the replay showed that shortstop Ian Desmond did not make the tag on Stubbs.

“I said the magic word today, a couple of them,” Baker said about being ejected.

It looked like Desmond was going to be ejected in the sixth inning. After striking out looking to end the frame, Desmond was seen yelling at Holbrook for about 10 seconds, but Desmond remained in the game.

“A long game like that, it wears on the players and the umpires,” Desmond said. “I have a lot of respect for Sam back there. It was one of those heat of the moment things. That is very out of character for me to yell at the umpire. At the time, I cared. It was a little intense. You can’t leave it in the umpire’s hands.”

1 Comment

Just wondering about getting new hitting coach. Ha
ve heard no real talk of such but why not?! Nats are a poor hitting team, especially in situational hitting. Could a new coach make them strand more runners? Not sure that is possible.

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