8/3/2014 12:39 A.M. ET
Burnett, Sandberg ejected in second in loss to Nats
Phillies starter, upset about strike zone, tossed for first time in career
By Daniel Popper / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- Tempers flared at Nationals Park on Saturday night, when both Phillies starter A.J. Burnett and manager Ryne Sandberg were thrown out of an eventual 11-0 loss to the Nationals after Anthony Rendon took Burnett deep in the second inning.
Burnett, upset about a ball call to Rendon, deliberately delivered an outside pitch to Jayson Werth in the next at-bat, and after receiving the ball back from catcher Carlos Ruiz, the right-hander gestured toward home-plate umpire Chris Guccione and said, "That's outside." Guccione immediately took his mask off, ran toward the mound and tossed Burnett from the contest.
"Just one of those things where he thought I showed him up in front of 40,000 people," said Burnett, who received his first career ejection in 16 seasons.
Sandberg then jogged onto the field to get an explanation from Guccione. But after a short discussion, Sandberg was also thrown out of the game.
After Sandberg's ejection, Burnett continued to jaw with Guccione. Both Burnett and Sandberg left the field after several minutes.
"I thought both guys were in the wrong," Sanberg said. "A.J. can't get tossed there on his part and the umpire, I thought, was a little early on the ejection.
Phillippe Aumont replaced Burnett on the mound and retired Werth for the final out of the inning.
Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.