ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected in the second inning Saturday night after Strasburg threw three wild pitches to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, including two behind Simmons’ back.
It was a startling lack of command for Strasburg, who did not throw a single strike in the inning.
He walked Jordan Schafer on four pitches to open the frame, and then threw the three wild pitches to Simmons — which allowed Schafter to move to second, third, and then score.
All of that came after Strasburg hit Justin Upton with a 97-mph fastball in the backside in the first inning, in what appeared to be a purpose pitch for the Braves hitting Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper three times in the last four games between the teams.
Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson warned Strasburg and both benches after Upton was hit.
After the second consecutive pitch behind Simmons’ back, he tossed Strasburg. By rule, because of the previous warnings, Johnson was also ejected. It was the first ejection of Strasburg’s career and, by unofficial count, the 36th of Johnson’s.
The Nationals were leading 4-2 at the time of Strasburg’s ejection, and Tanner Roark took over for him.
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