‘You hit one of our prospects twice in a row?!’…manager protests→argues with catcher→clears bench

Two consecutive balls were hit to the body. The manager became agitated. There was a bench-clearing and the manager was ejected.

The Arizona Diamondbacks won 9-8 against the Philadelphia Phillies on 13 March (13th) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 안전놀이터

Arizona’s top prospect Corbin Carroll, who was named National League Player of the Week prior to the game, started in left field batting third and went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored, two doubles and one triple. On the season, he is batting .313 with a .986 OPS.

Carroll came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and second. Matt Strahm’s two-pitch 92.9 mph (149 km/h) sinker found Carroll’s body. He then walked Christian Walker to load the bases and scored on Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the third, Carroll came to bat for the second time with the bases loaded and one out. At 1B0S, Strahm’s 93.8 mph (150 km/h) sinker found Carroll’s arm again. For the second straight at-bat, he was hit by a pitch to the body.

However, Arizona manager Torrey Lovullo was not amused. Two pitches in a row were hit to the body and he felt it was intentional. As Carroll walked to first base, Robullo complained to the umpire, and umpire Vic Carapasa ordered him out.

Robullo then got into an altercation with Philadelphia catcher JT Realmuto, which resulted in coaches and players from both teams leaving the field. Bench clearing occurred. It didn’t turn into a physical altercation, but after the dust settled, Arizona infielder Josh Rojas, who wasn’t in the lineup, was ejected. “It appeared that Rojas said something in the dugout,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported.

It was the 17th ejection of Robullo’s career and the second for Rojas.

After Robullo’s ejection, Arizona rallied to win the game. Parvin Smith’s RBI double in the third inning cut the deficit to 2-1, and Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI single and Carroll’s RBI triple in the fourth tied the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on first and third, Rivera hit a sacrifice fly. Longoria’s three-run homer put runners on first and second.

The Phillies closed the gap in the seventh on RBI singles by Bryce Harper and Alec Bomb, then got a run back in the top of the ninth on Bryson Stott’s RBI single, but couldn’t get any more runs.

“I had to protect our guy and Realmuto had to protect his pitcher,” Robullo said after the game. We just didn’t see eye to eye,” he said, adding, “I don’t want to talk about what I said to Realmuto.”

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