It was only a matter of time before Bryce Harper added an ejection to his list of firsts with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The high-priced outfielder received an early send-off during the fourth inning of the Phillies’ game against the New York Mets on Monday for arguing balls and strikes. Thing is, he waited a while before really getting into it with home-plate umpire Mark Carlson.
Harper was called out on strikes on a 3-2 count to open the fourth, with two strikes being borderline. Harper said something to Carlson as he walked to the dugout, but stayed in the game. Four batters later, Harper was ejected from the dugout with second baseman Cesar Hernandez at the plate after another questionable strike call.
Harper and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler began screaming at Carlson.
Kapler surprisingly was not ejected, though he was probably ready to receive it given how he was yelling.
Crazily enough, this was the first ejection of a Phillies player since Justin De Fratus was sent off on June 15, 2015. During that span of time, Harper received six ejections with the Washington Nationals.
Jake Arrieta seems unhappy with Bryce Harper
Without one of their top offensive threats, as well as their right fielder, the Phillies went on to lose 5-1. Philadelphia starting pitcher Jake Arrieta sounded more than a little frustrated with Harper’s absence.
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) April 23, 2019
Arrieta finished the game with three earned runs and seven strikeouts in six innings pitched, taking his second loss of the season.
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