Carter Kieboom didn’t think the 96 MPH 3-2 fastball Tylor Megill threw him was a strike, and he let home plate umpire Bill Welke know it, and got tossed for arguing the call. Kieboom’s manager said he liked the show of emotion from the recently-turned 24-year-old infielder.
“It was a close pitch,” Davey Martinez said after the Nationals snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets last night. “I think the at-bat before, he thought the pitch was away also, and he thought that one was away. It was close though, and he got fired up a little bit, and you know what, for me, that was good to see.
“That he’s up there trying to battle and he thinks he got a ball. And the ejection, to me wasn’t real good, but the fact that he was arguing about a pitch shows me some emotion.”
Kieboom and his teammates showed some fight in the first game of two with the Mets on Saturday as well.
Tim Bogar, the Nats’ bench coach, who was pressed into duty when Martinez got ejected in the day half of the doubleheader on Saturday, talked after the 11-9 loss in the first of two about his team battling back from a 9-0 deficit to tie it up and send it to extras before they lost their seventh straight game.
“I think any time you’re down 9-0 and you get a chance to win the game you’ve got to be proud of the guys,” Bogar said.
“I mean, they played really hard, they could have gave up, it could have been a 9-0 and just get in and play the second game, and they played really hard.”
“It’s one of those things where we got to where we wanted to be and we just fell short. So, very proud of them.”
Martinez said after the win in the nightcap that he liked the fight his club showed in both ends of the twin bill.
“They bounced back, we fought back, we tied the game up, and we just couldn’t finish, but proud of the way the boys fought and they came back and after a long game like that, they came back and they played well the second game.”