Phillies starter A.J. Burnett wasn’t having a very good night when home plate umpire Chris Guccione got him hot under his collar. Burnett just surrendered a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon in the bottom of the second with two outs, putting the Nationals up 5-0. Burnett’s next pitch, starting an at-bat against Jayson Werth, was a 93 MPH outside fastball, called a ball.
Burnett said something to Guccione — ostensibly about a previous pitch, as the pitch to Werth was clearly a ball — so Guccione ran towards the mound from his position behind the plate and ejected Burnett right in front of his face. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, of course, was livid and he, too, was ejected. Burnett and Sandberg continued stating their case to a crowd of umpires before exiting the field, Sandberg handing his lineup card to bench coach Larry Bowa.
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The game didn’t get any better for the Phillies. As of this writing, it’s 11-0 after four innings.