Phillies plate 10 runs in first inning against Mets

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The Phillies showed up against the Mets Tuesday night hungry and motivated after a disappointing 7-6 loss on Monday. They batted around and then some, plating 10 runs against Steven Matz and Drew Gagnon. Matz was on the hook for eight of those runs (six earned) and failed to retire a batter. The Mets’ defense committed three errors.

Here’s how the inning played out:

The 10 runs are the most the Phillies have scored in the first inning since plating a franchise record 12 runs against the Nationals on April 8, 2017. It’s the most the Mets have allowed in the first inning since July 19, 1988 against the Reds.

Things got worse for the Mets as outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited with an injury. The Phillies’ Segura also exited with an apparent injury. Both teams should provide updates on the players’ statuses later tonight. [Update, 8:29 PM ET: Segura exited with left hamstring tightness. Nimmo left with a stiff neck.]

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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