In a bizarre scene at Citi Field, New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier was the guilty party after Jake Arrieta plunked him in the arm.
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies won’t be sending each other Christmas cards this year. On Saturday night, Todd Frazier erupted after Jake Arrieta hit him with a changeup, the second Met the Philly right-hander hit.
Later in the fifth inning, Frazier chirped Arrieta the whole way down to first base before he was rung up.
Tension rising in New York.
Todd Frazier was hit by a Jake Arrieta pitch, and then ejected a few seconds later after he exchanged some words with Arrieta and umpires. pic.twitter.com/6ht8SLYk2r
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Both benches were issued warnings, but just two batters later, Arrieta would hit Amed Rosario on the arm. The umpire didn’t eject the Phillies hurler. However, Mets manager Mickey Callaway would have to join Frazier in the clubhouse after he was ejected for arguing.
It was a strange scene, but it seemed to fire up the Mets. Later in the fifth inning, Tomas Nido would drive a three-run double to right- center.
The embattled Mets bullpen was able to piece it together through the last four innings after Noah Syndergaard went five innings, but allowed four runs.
The embattled Edwin Diaz was able to come in and lock down his 19th save of the season. Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo were able to bridge the gap to Diaz and hold off the Phillies.
The Mets and Phillies have a long and storied rivalry. That contention between those teams has been boiling all season. Earlier in the season, a feud between Jacob Rhame and Rhys Hoskins saw a two-game suspension for Rhame and a very, very long home run trot for Hoskins.