Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was ejected for throwing three wild pitches in an 8-7 win against the Atlanta Braves.
The incident transpired in the second inning with the Nationals leading 4-1, and Strasburg apparently unable throw a strike.
Andrelton Simmons was at the plate when Strasburg threw three consecutive wild pitches, two of them behind Simmons.
Home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson immediately threw Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson out of the game after the third wild pitch. Jordan Schafer, who earlier drew a walk, was able to score.
Strasburg acknowledged that he didn’t feel right on the mound and was missing his spots in the second inning.
“I can’t really explain it. I really didn’t feel good out there,” he said.
Right-hander Tanner Roark replaced Strasburg and pitched four shutout innings.
Johnson said he didn’t know if Strasburg did it on purpose. “Obviously, he didn’t have very good command,” Johnson quipped.
Warnings had been issued to both benches when Strasburg hit Justin Upton on the backside in the first inning after Jason Heyward’s leadoff home run.
Strasburg declined to say whether he hit Upton on purpose.
Tension has been in the air between the Nationals and Braves since their last series in Washington, when Bryce Harper was plunked by Julio Teheran one at-bat after homering off the righty on Aug. 6.
On Friday night, Harper was hit twice more by Braves pitchers. On Saturday afternoon, Johnson was asked if Nationals pitchers would retaliate.
“I never ordered a pitcher to go after anybody, but we have a way of protecting our own,” Johnson said.
Scott Hairston became the third member of the Nationals ejected from the game when he argued a called third strike by Hudson in the ninth inning.