May 2013

Nats’ Harper ejected in first inning

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was ejected in the first inning after striking out against the Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

With two outs, Harper worked the count to 2-2 against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who threw a curveball to Harper. It looked like Harper didn’t swing at the pitch, but third-base umpire John Hirschbeck ruled that he did to end the inning. A few second later, Harper was ejected from the game. Harper then slammed his bat to te ground and left the game without incident. Roger Bernadina replaced Harper in the game.

It marked Harper’s second career ejection. The first one came on Aug. 29, 2012 against the Marlins after he slammed his helmet to the ground  while trying to beat out a ground ball.

Friday’s starting lineup for Nationals

Denard Span — CF
Ian Desmond — SS,
Bryce Harper — LF
Ryan Zimmerman — 3B
Adam LaRoche — 1B
Tyler Moore — RF
Danny Espinosa — 2b
Kurt Suzuki — C
Ross Detwiler — P