PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Diekman had every reason to be frustrated following the top of the 10th inning Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.
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 an 0-2 fastball to Ryan Zimmerman, who hit the 100-mph pitch to center field to drive in 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 began talking to him as he walked off the field.
Fletcher ultimately handed Diekman the first ejection 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."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less