Ump Show: Nick Castellanos ejected after drawing a line in the dirt of the batters box to show the umpire his horrible his called third strike
Alec Bohm and Nick Castellanos led the Phillies last night in absolutely destroying the the reigning NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins 15-3.
Philly tagged Alcantara for nine runs and tallied 20 hits and 15 total runs on the night. Alcantara lasted just four innings, allowing 10 hits, nine earned runs, and a walk.
Sandy Alcantara and Matt Strahm flew through the first two innings, as the Phillies turned it on in the bottom half of the third, tagging Alcantara for five runs. Jake Cave got things moving with a 413 foot home run, followed by Trea Turner RBI single to score Bryson Stott, a Nick Castellanos RBI double, and an Alec Bohm RBI single.
Bohm also homered and tied a career high with six RBIs on the night.
Nick Castellanos, was 3-for-5 on the night with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
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Castellanos however, only lasted seven innings, after getting tossed from the game for drawing a line in the dirt of the batters box after a questionable called strike from the home plate umpire.
Castellanos was tossed in the seventh by plate umpire John Libka over a disagreement on a called third strike. He thought the pitch was inside and pointed his bat at the dirt, prompting the ejection.
Nick Castellanos Ejected:
Honestly, that’s pretty freaking funny. Nick Castellanos with basically a blank face, drew the line in the sand and then just made his way back to the dugout. It wasn’t like it mattered, with the Phillies leading the Marlins 14-3 late in the game.
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Plus, the call was absolutely horrendous so Castellanos was completely right. If anything, this umpire just got his feelings hurt that Castellanos showed him up by pointing out how awful he is at his job, so he had to toss him to save face. If that happened in a close game, I would probably be a lot more upset about it but whatever.
Castellanos has been quite the leader in the early goings of the 2023 season. Over the weekend, he put on a base running masterclass against the Reds and even crowned Scooby Doo as his favorite Super Hero.
In 36 at-bats this season, Castellanos is averaging .278 with a .853 OPS.
He has 10 hits, nine runs scored, and 6 RBI with an NL-leading six doubles.
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Can we replace these crooked umps with a computer based system? There has never been one baseball game where they have correctly called all the pitches. Umps & refs have to much power/control over the game.