It’s been a tough weekend in Atlanta for the Nationals, who dropped the three straight games to the division-leading Braves before their series finale Sunday. Frustrations boiled over in the top of the fifth, when Trea Turner struck out looking for the second time in the game.
Trea Turner and Davey Martinez have been ejected from Sunday's game. pic.twitter.com/F4XrOWpQo3— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) September 8, 2019
Turner voiced his concerns with the strike zone to home plate umpire Mike Estabrook after his backwards K in the first, chirping as he walked to the dugout. When he was rung up on a pitch down and away in the fifth, he didn’t hold back. Estabrook heard him out for a few seconds before tossing him from the game.
Nationals manager Davey Martinez came running out of the dugout shortly after, getting in the umpire’s face with a few choice words before he was ejected himself. Turner’s strikeout was the team’s seventh of the contest at that point.
Wilmer Difo, who hasn’t appeared in a game since May 16, took Turner’s place at shortstop. Bench coach Chip Hale assumed manager duties once Martinez departed for the clubhouse.
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