Martinez, Eaton tossed in win over Dodgers

Adams also exited early after being hit by a pitch on the foot

July 28th, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder and manager Dave Martinez were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning of Sunday's 11-4 win over the Dodgers.

Eaton was upset after he thought he drew a walk, but home-plate umpire Jeremie Rehak called a 3-1 pitch a strike that appeared to be up in the zone. When Eaton struck out swinging on the next pitch, he turned around and said something to Rehak. As Eaton walked back to the dugout he was ejected from the game.

That brought out Martinez, who is normally calm and cordial with umpires but who was unhappy with Rehak and let him know it. Martinez was quickly tossed from the game but got his money’s worth once he’d already been ejected, kicking around the dirt in the batter’s box and putting on a show before returning to the clubhouse.

Victor Robles came into the game to play center field which shifted Gerardo Parra to right field in place of Eaton, who was ejected for just the third time in his career and the first time since 2016. Robles then matched a career-high with three hits in the game, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a pair of runs scored. 

“I’m glad it got things going and got Robles in there without thinking,” Eaton said with a laugh. “I apologized to him after I was crossing paths with him so I’m glad he had a heck of a day.” 

It was Martinez’s third career ejection and second this season. The last time he was thrown out of a game was May 23, right before the Nationals began their current 36-19 run which has helped save their season. 

"I’ve always said I don't like arguing about balls and strikes,” Martinez said. “But I'm going to go protect my players.” 

Adams exits too

left the game after getting hit by a pitch on the right foot in the bottom of the second inning. Initial X-rays on Adams’ foot came back inconclusive because there was too much swelling. He will be sent for more tests on Monday. 

Adams stayed in to run the bases -- eventually getting thrown out at home plate by Corey Seager to end the second -- and struck out on a foul tip in the fourth. He was replaced at first base by Howie Kendrick in the top of the fifth.  

“I hope it's just something like he has a contusion, and in a few days he'll feel better, but we'll see,” Martinez said. “If it was broken, I think he would've known it once it hit him and he couldn't stand on it. But I'm not a doctor, nor do I claim to read X-rays or anything like that. So tomorrow, when we get another X-ray, we'll see exactly what's going on.’