Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was ejected from Thursday afternoon’s game in the sixth inning after shortstop Ian Desmond was called out on strikes and vehemently disagreed with the call.
Johnson, who was ejected for the third time in his Nationals tenure but just the first time this season, rushed out of the dugout as Desmond continued to show his disapproval with the call on his way back to the bench following home plate umpire Mike Winters’ call.
He was promptly tossed.
The Nationals, who led 4-1 at the time, had the bases loaded with no outs on the Pittsburgh Pirates and starter A.J. Burnett. Jayson Werth was called out on strikes one batter before Desmond, and also did not appear pleased with the final call.
Denard Span, who came to the plate after Desmond, ground out to second base to end the inning and the Nationals’ once-premium threat.