WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Davey Johnson was ejected from the game as his Nats led 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Pirates on Thursday.
Johnson stormed the field after shortstop Ian Desmond struck out against A.J. Burnett on a called strike three, with one out and the bases loaded. One at bat earlier, Jayson Werth was also rung up on an arguable called strike three.
Davey earned his first ejection of the season, and his third as manager of the Washington Nationals.
Before you jump to any conclusions that Davey was looking to light a spark under his team, which has dropped six straight out of the All-Star break, consider Gio Gonzalez gave up a 2-run homer the following inning, bringing the score to 4-3.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was also tossed in the top of the 7th.
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit a routine single, but stepped inside fair territory and off the bag upon reaching first, rather than running through the bag, where Adam LaRoche quickly applied the tag for the out.
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