Both Mickey Callaway and Todd Frazier were ejected from Saturday's game against the Phillies in the fifth inning.
Frazier was the first to leave the game. After being hit by a changeup, Frazier jawed at Phillies starter Jake Arrieta the whole way down the first-base line. Frazier eventually had to be held back and was ejected after warnings were issued to both benches.
"I deemed the pitch by Arrieta unintentional, and then Frazier, on his way to first base, I got in between him and JT Realmuto," home plate umpire Tripp Gibson said after the game. "Basically, the way it all went down, the way the emotions were running, I decided I needed to issue warnings because it was unintentional, in my judgment.
"[Frazier] left his position to argue the warnings, which is an ejectable offense."
After Dominic Smith doubled, Arrieta once again hit a Mets batter, this time hitting Amed Rosario with a changeup. Gibson did not eject Arrieta, despite the previous warning. Callaway came out of the dugout to voice his displeasure with Gibson, and he was then thrown out of the game as well.
"I deemed the same thing," Gibson said. "Unintentional."
Callaway later said he understood the unintentional aspect of the pitch, but he still felt the need to stand up for his player.
"When I went out there, we just got one of our players thrown out, and then the guy comes out and hits a guy two batters later, and I felt like I needed to protect our players at that point," Callaway said.
Asked for his perspective after the game, Arrieta had some very harsh words directed towards the Mets' third baseman.
"Frazier's not happy about it he can come see me. I'll put a dent in his skull."- SNY (@SNYtv) July 7, 2019
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"If Frazier's not happy about it, he can come see me," Arrieta said. "I'll put a dent in his skull."
Pete Alonso was also hit by an Arrieta pitch in the bottom of the first inning.
The ejections seemed to fire up the Mets, though, as Tomas Nido drove a three-run double into the gap in right-center to give the Mets a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth. They'd hold on to win the game 6-5 and will now look to end the first half on a high note in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies.