Watch: Juan Soto ejected before pitch thrown in at-bat
Juan Soto was ejected from Wednesday’s Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves game before a pitch was even thrown in his at-bat.
Soto was coming up to the plate for an at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning following a Bryce Harper home run. Before a pitch was thrown to him, he got tossed by home plate umpire Greg Gibson. Soto appeared to say something to Gibson about a questionable strike call in a previous at-bat, leading to his ejection.
Juan Soto ejected. Didn’t do a whole lot. pic.twitter.com/H3E5Go1OmF
— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) August 9, 2018
Hitting coach Kevin Long was also ejected by Gibson.
The Nats had issues with Gibson’s strike zone all game. Soto was called out on strikes after a full count pitch in his previous at-bat. Adam Eaton and Bryce Harper were also called out on strikes that seemed to be out of the zone.
Soto probably did not need to bring up the call from the previous at-bat, but did Gibson need to eject him? That seemed to be a harsh penalty.