Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi was ejected from tonight’s matchup against the Nationals for a conflict with Washington pitcher Max Scherzer.
Scherzer, who was making his first start for the Nats since suffering an injury back on Jun. 11, had already been checked on two occasions for the use of foreign substances. Despite passing the first two check’s, Girardi insisted that the opposing ace be checked again in the fifth inning.
Already clearly frustrated with the league’s new policy, Scherzer was livid after undergoing his third check of the game. The three-time Cy Young award winner tossed his hat and glove on the ground and began unbuckling his pants next to the mound as the umpires came over for another inspection.
Later that inning, Scherzer struck out J.T. Realmuto to end the fifth. As he walked off the mound, he stared down Girardi in the Phillies’ dugout.
Girardi came out to confront Scherzer, only to be immediately tossed from the game.
Here’s a clip of the incident:
Max Scherzer stares down Joe Girardi, Joe comes out of the dugout and challenges him then gets ejected, Max shows off his glove and hat pic.twitter.com/cjwNfLBHuO
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The frustrated pitcher was pulled after five innings pitched and replaced by Austin Voth. Despite allowing one home run to Phillies star Bryce Harper, Scherzer finished his day with a solid eight strike outs.
Washington currently leads Philadelphia 3-1 in the top of the seventh.