The Phillies were boatraced by the Washington Nationals Saturday night, falling by an 11-0 final. Starter A.J. Burnett, who looked shaky from the opening pitch, had apparent issues with the strike zone of home plate umpire Chris Guccione. A pitch before surrendering a three-run home run to Washington’s Anthony Rendon, Burnett gestured to Guccione over what he thought was a strike. His first pitch after the Rendon blast that made it 5-0 elicited one more gesture from Burnett. From there, the fireworks commenced.
As you can see, Guccione probably stepped a bit over the line with his emphatic ejection of Burnett. Seeing Sandberg get fired up is always enjoyable, considering his demeanor. Nevertheless, Burnett and Sandberg did an excellent job of providing the lone energy from the Phillies standpoint over the course of the evening. Aside from seeing Phillippe Aumont’s ERA inch closer to his actual age, the Phillies might as well have not even taken the field.