Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Williams ejected after arguing strikes in the 10th inning

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Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and manager Matt Williams were both ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Vic Carapazza.

Cabrera was ahead in the count 3-1 against Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt when the lefty threw a pitch up near the letters over the plate, called a strike with a slight delay by Carapazza. Cabrera wasn’t happy and expressed his frustration, and Williams barked from the dugout. Affeldt threw the same pitch in nearly the same location and Carapazza rung Cabrera up for the strikeout, the first out of the inning.

Cabrera slammed his bat down in frustration, followed shortly thereafter with his helmet. He stomped in front of Carapazza, who immediately ejected him. Williams came out and was quickly ejected as well. Bench coach Randy Knorr took over managerial duties for Williams.

There was some confusion after the ejections, as Ryan Zimmerman pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot (Tyler Clippard). Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to confirm who, exactly, was announced — Zimmerman or Kevin Frandsen — as it affects the Nationals’ roster availability given Cabrera’s ejection. Zimmerman singled and was replaced on the base paths by Danny Espinosa, who will take over at second base for Cabrera.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.