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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Articles tagged: Hector Neris

Dodgers manager: Hector Neris’ staredown was ‘unacceptable’

Dave Roberts

Hector Neris was finally able to close out a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, but the Philadelphia Phillies reliever ruffled some feathers with the way he stared into the visiting dugout after the game. Dave Roberts was among those who did not appreciate it.

Neris, who blew a save in the Phillies’ win on Tuesday night, entered the ninth with a 7-5 lead. He allowed a two-out home run to Alex Verdugo but got Justin Turner to fly out to end the game. He then shouted an obscenity and stared into the LA dugout. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the behavior “unacceptable.”

The players obviously agreed with Roberts, as evidenced by their reaction to Neris’ antics.

Neris, who admitted after the game that his emotions got the best of him, has struggled mightily against the Dodgers. He’s currently appealing a three-game suspension that he received for hitting David Freese with a pitch on Tuesday night, which he appeared to do because he was upset about surrendering a homer to Matt Beatty. You can understand why the Dodgers were irritated that he stared into their dugout, especially since they have owned him overall.

Dodgers take issue with Hector Neris staring into dugout after save

Hector Neris

Several members of the Los Angeles Dodgers took issue with Hector Neris’ behavior after the Philadelphia Phillies won Thursday’s game 7-6 to earn a split in their four-game series.

Neris, who blew a save in the Phillies’ win on Tuesday night, entered the ninth with a 7-5 lead. He allowed a two-out home run to Alex Verdugo but got Justin Turner to fly out to end the game.

According to Dodger Talk host David Vassegh, Neris stared into the Dodgers’ dugout after the final out.

You can see the Dodgers’ reaction to Neris:

Neris said after the game that his emotions got the best of him.

Neris received a three-game suspension for hitting David Freese with a pitch on Tuesday night, seemingly because he was upset about surrendering a home run to Matt Beaty. His attitude with the Dodgers likely has to do with LA consistently owning him at the plate in his career.

Phillies’ Hector Neris appealing three-game suspension for hitting David Freese

Hector Neris

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris is appealing a three-game suspension he received Wednesday for hitting David Freese with a pitch the night before.

Neris came in to try and close out a 6-5 lead for the Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. He surrendered a 3-run home run Matt Beaty to blow the lead and hit Freese around the helmet two pitches later. Neris was ejected.

The Phillies came back to win the game 9-8, but Neris is paying his price. He plans to appeal.

Neris’ suspension is warranted. He wasn’t exacting revenge for an injured teammate the way Noe Ramirez was; he was just upset about blowing the game.