Thursday, August 11, 2011
Harper ejected after arguing call
CHICAGO -- Bryce Harper was ejected from Wednesday night's game at Class AA Harrisburg after arguing a called third strike, the latest display of emotion from the Nationals' top farmhand.
Harper, 18, took an outside 3-2 fastball in the bottom of the seventh inning from Richmond pitcher Eric Surkamp, then began to trot to first base believing he had drawn a walk. Plate umpire Max Guyll, though, called the pitch a strike.
Harper turned back toward the plate and slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration, at which point Guyll (who, according to the Patriot-News had drawn the ire of players on both sides for his generous strike zone) ejected him. Harper then argued in Guyll's face
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 11:30 AM