Alec Bohm and Rob Thomson ejected, Bryce Harper delivers death stare to home plate umpire Andy MacKay, and more from the Phillies 10-game homestand
The Philadelphia Phillies lost 2 of 3 over the weekend to the Minnesota Twins at Citizens Bank Park, and yesterday’s finale was a tough pill to swallow.
The Phillies, thanks to home plate umpire Adam MacKay, were dealt a few brutal called strike threes later in the game while down 2-0 to the Twins in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Bohm looked at a 3-2 fastball that almost blatantly missed the inside corner, but for whatever reason, the man behind home plate, Andy MacKay, called it a strike three.
Alec Bohm Called Strike Three
Bohm, understandable pissed off, did his best Rhys Hoskins impression by slamming his baseball bat into the ground before turning to MacKay to argue the call. He was then ejected from the game because MacKay couldn’t handle the fact that he blew the call and was being “shown up” by Bohm.
Alec Bohm Ejected
Obviously, Bohm had every right to be upset with MacKay. At the time, a walk would have made the game 2-1 with the bases loaded and Bryce Harper stepping up to the plate.
Say whatever you want, but no pitcher wants to be on the road with the bases loaded after walking in a run in a close game and Bryce Harper walking up to the plate. That’s a nightmare situation and would could have completely changed the outcome of the game.
Just when you thought MacKay’s reign of terror on yesterday’s game couldn’t get any worse, the very next inning, he ruled Bryce Harper out on a called strike three.
Bryce Harper Called Strike Three
Rob Thomson, obviously fed up with MacKay’s lack of ability to do his job, stormed the field and was ultimately ejected from the ball game. As for Harper, he returned to the dugout and stared into the soul of MacKay from a distance.
I mean seriously, like Alec Bohm’s called strike three, this wasn’t even close lol
Phillies Hunt for Red October
With the loss, the Phillies dropped to 65-54 on the season. They sit 11 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings, while still holding a comfortable lead atop of the NL Wild Card. They finished their 10 game homestand with a 6-4 record and during that span managed to takeover and build a comfortable lead in the first place NL Wild Card spot.
The Phillies have a much needed day off today before hitting the road for three games against the Toronto Blue Jays starting tomorrow, before heading to Washington DC to face the Nationals on Friday.
Next week, they’ll return home to close out the month of August with the following series.
- August 21st – August 23rd: San Francisco Giants
- August 25th – August 27th: St. Louis Cardinals
- August 28th – August 29th: Los Angeles Angels