Diekman Ticked Off at Ejection
He walked Nationals center fielder Denard Span to start the inning. Then after Chase Utley made a questionable flip to second base on a fielder’s choice with a runner on first and one out, he struck out Adam LaRoche for the second out before he threw a 0-2 fastball to Ryan Zimmerman, who hit the 100 mph pitch to center field to score the go-ahead run in a 5-3 loss.
Diekman finally got out of the inning, but only after a wild pitch scored Jayson Werth from third.
Diekman motioned to home plate umpire Andy Fletcher and got into a conversation with him as he walked off the field.
Fletcher ultimately ejected Diekman, the first of Diekman’s big-league career.
“I asked him, ‘Were any of those close?’” Diekman said. “He said with a smirk on his face, ‘Were what close?’ I said, ‘Those four or five pitches,’ and that was it. I was told I was kicked out of the game.”
No profanities in that conversation?
“Nothing. That was it,” Diekman said. “So yeah, I kind of want to talk to him. That’s all, literally what I said.”
It only added to the frustration of what happened on the mound.
“Yeah, big time,” Diekman said. “It’s basically what I’ve got. Were any of those close? Were what close? With a smart (aleck, flipping) grin on his face. And then I was like, those four or five pitches, walked in the tunnel and he threw me out.”