The Dodgers were in the middle of demolishing the Philadelphia Phillies with Cody Bellinger hitting his 33rd of the season and Max Muncy backing him up with a home run right after.
Up comes Justin Turner and on the first pitch, a breaking ball that catches JT on the inner part of his right leg. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings quickly reacts and tosses Yacksel Rios out of the game, which caused quite the scene on the field.
It might be worthwhile to review the process for issuing warnings/ejections. Perhaps have umpires confer briefly. No need to force a split second decision that can’t be remedied. It could help avoid silly warnings/ejections and adjudicate intentional HBPs more consistently. https://t.co/NFkGTEv09L pic.twitter.com/0sISln7qPK
— Nick Francona (@NickFrancona) July 16, 2019
Of course, you would expect Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler, to come out and argue, but the one argument you probably didn’t see coming was from Justin Turner himself.
What’s not included in the video is Justin Turner talking with Phillies first baseman, Rhys Hoskins, and clearly saying “It was a [expletive] breaking ball!” which most fans would agree isn’t exactly the type of pitch to send a message to the opposing team.
Kapler was even trying to get JT to come over and help him argue against Eddings. It was that kind of night for the Phillies.
Maybe Eddings was trying to save the Phillies and get Rios out of there?
No matter, the Dodgers destroyed the Phillies 16-2!