Expos 8, Phillies 1
Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected during a wild fourth inning in which benches cleared after Brandon Duckworth (3-3) hit Hernandez with a pitch.
Hernandez appeared to follow through with a swing as the ball hit the upper part of his right arm. Plate umpire Bill Welke immediately pointed to first base. Hernandez shouted at Duckworth, who motioned that Hernandez had swung at the pitch.
“I was mad because I didn’t want him to hit me on the elbow or the face,” Hernandez said. “The point is, I know he didn’t want to hit me but you’re mad because you don’t want to lose your career because he hits you in the elbow or in the face. I don’t do that. I try to pitch against pitchers down and away.”
Players came out of the dugouts and congregated along the first-base line, but no punches were thrown.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Duckworth said. “Why would someone react like that when there’s nobody out, you’re already down and you’re trying to keep your team in the game? Obviously, I’m not trying to hit him.”
Bowa, also ejected from Friday’s 2-1 loss to Florida, had words with Welke on the mound as the players were sent back to the dugouts. He began to leave the field when Welke suddenly threw up his right arm. It was Bowa’s fifth ejection of the season.
“I was protesting because (Hernandez) started to go to the mound to get Duckworth, screaming at him. Why wasn’t he kicked out of the game?” Bowa said. “I mean, Duckworth’s in a jam. He’s not going to hit the pitcher on purpose. I told him to use a little bit of common sense, that’s all. I said, ‘You’re the ones who let it get out of hand.”’
Philadelphia lost its fourth straight after winning 13 of 16.
Hernandez (8-6) scattered seven hits for his 25th complete game, allowing Jimmy Rollins’ one-out homer in the first. He threw 124 pitches—83 strikes— and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
“You need to be a pro and you can’t lose your concentration,” Hernandez said. “It was 5-1. I was mad for three minutes—that was it. I went out to the mound to do my job.
Orlando Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBIs—including his 13th homer—for Montreal, which ended a three-game losing streak.
“It’s one game, but it’s a step in the right direction and we needed that type of game,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “The bullpen rested tonight and we should be able to battle tomorrow.”
Duckworth held Montreal hitless through three before Orlando Cabrera chopped an infield single to begin the fourth.
Duckworth then hit Hernandez—the seventh straight batter to reach—and left when play resumed after Bowa’s ejection. He allowed five hits and five runs in three-plus innings after pitching six shutout innings in his last start.
Cabrera and Vidro hit consecutive RBI doubles off Jose Mesa in the eighth.
Phillies 1B Jim Thome caught Jose Macias’ foul ball after it struck the concrete rim below Olympic Stadium’s roof for the first out of the bottom of the first. Expos manager Frank Robinson discussed the matter with the umpiring crew, but to no avail. The stadium’s ground rules clearly indicate that a fielder may make a play on a ball fouled off the stadium’s roof. … The Expos, who have played just 24 of their first 88 games in Montreal, began a stretch inwhich they play 25 of their next 37 games at Olympic Stadium.