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Bryce Harper extremely frustrated by quick ejection in New York

Phillies

Bryce Harper was given a quick hook Saturday and flipped.

Harper was ejected — and was extremely frustrated by it — after the top of the fifth inning Saturday night at Citi Field following an argument with first base umpire Roberto Ortiz

Harper lined a ball down the right-field line during his at-bat in the fifth and it was ruled foul. It was a close call. 

The at-bat and inning ended with Harper grounding out to third against Seth Lugo. Afterward, he began a discussion with Ortiz from about 10 feet away. It was unclear what Harper said but it resulted in an immediate ejection and things got heated from there.

It appeared Harper yelled at Ortiz to "be a professional."

Teammate Neil Walker held him back, but Harper still got by for a close confrontation. Joe Girardi came out to figure out what was going on but it was too late. After the ejection, Harper was demonstrative in the dugout in his explanation to Girardi of what happened.

Harper was clearly upset by the quick hook. It didn't appear deserved based on body language, though it's hard to tell without hearing the words and tone. Ortiz probably told him not to argue the call and made a quick decision.

It is obviously a costly outcome for the Phillies, who were down 3-1 at the time Harper was tossed. Harper is 7 for his last 47 (.149).