Hernandez pitched his second complete game of the year and Brian
Schneider's two-run double keyed a five-run fourth inning as
Montreal beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Monday night.
Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected during a wild fourth
inning in which benches cleared after Brandon Duckworth (3-3) hit
Hernandez with a pitch.
Hernandez appeared to follow through with a swing as the ball
hit the upper part of his right arm. Plate umpire Bill Welke
immediately pointed to first base. Hernandez shouted at Duckworth,
who motioned that Hernandez had swung at the pitch.
"I was mad because I didn't want him to hit me on the elbow or
the face," Hernandez said. "The point is, I know he didn't want
to hit me but you're mad because you don't want to lose your career
because he hits you in the elbow or in the face. I don't do that. I
try to pitch against pitchers down and away."
Players came out of the dugouts and congregated along the
first-base line, but no punches were thrown.
"I couldn't believe it," Duckworth said. "Why would someone
react like that when there's nobody out, you're already down and
you're trying to keep your team in the game? Obviously, I'm not
trying to hit him."
Bowa, also ejected from Friday's 2-1 loss to Florida, had words
with Welke on the mound as the players were sent back to the
dugouts. He began to leave the field when Welke suddenly threw up
his right arm. It was Bowa's fifth ejection of the season.
"I was protesting because (Hernandez) started to go to the
mound to get Duckworth, screaming at him. Why wasn't he kicked out
of the game?" Bowa said. "I mean, Duckworth's in a jam. He's not
going to hit the pitcher on purpose. I told him to use a little bit
of common sense, that's all. I said, 'You're the ones who let it
get out of hand."
Philadelphia lost its fourth straight after winning 13 of 16.
Hernandez (8-6) scattered seven hits for his 25th complete game,
allowing Jimmy Rollins' one-out homer in the first. He threw 124
pitches -- 83 strikes -- and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
"You need to be a pro and you can't lose your concentration,"
Hernandez said. "It was 5-1. I was mad for three minutes -- that
was it. I went out to the mound to do my job.
Orlando Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBI -- including his 13th
homer -- for Montreal, which ended a three-game losing streak.
"It's one game, but it's a step in the right direction and we
needed that type of game," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
"The bullpen rested tonight and we should be able to battle
Duckworth held Montreal hitless through three before Orlando
Cabrera chopped an infield single to begin the fourth.
Duckworth then hit Hernandez -- the seventh straight batter to
reach -- and left when play resumed after Bowa's ejection. He
allowed five hits and five runs in three-plus innings after
pitching six shutout innings in his last start.
Cabrera and Vidro hit consecutive RBI doubles off Jose Mesa in
Phillies 1B Jim Thome caught Jose Macias' foul ball after
it struck the concrete rim below Olympic Stadium's roof for the
first out of the bottom of the first. Expos manager Frank Robinson
discussed the matter with the umpiring crew, but to no avail. The
stadium's ground rules clearly indicate that a fielder may make a
play on a ball fouled off the stadium's roof. ... The Expos, who
have played just 24 of their first 88 games in Montreal, began a
stretch in which they play 25 of their next 37 games at Olympic