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Acta Ejected From Ballgame

For just the second time in his career, Manny Acta has been ejected. The manager was tossed at the end of the third inning, just after Elijah Dukes was called out on strikes. The ejection occurred under strange circumstances, too: Acta only left the dugout after getting tossed. It's unclear why, exactly, Acta was tossed by home plate ump Tim Timmons, but after Dukes went down looking on an outside breaking ball, Timmons turned toward the Nats' dugout and motioned for the ejection. Acta then came out and briefly argued. Jim Riggleman now is running things on the bench.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 17, 2009; 8:14 PM ET
 
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Lannan just had a 10-pitch GO, moving AGonz to third. WOW!

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Single by Hernandez to drive home AGonz; NJohnson grounds out to end the inning. 2-1 Natinals - end of 4.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Dunn must of buttoned it over the wrong way. The "O" was underneath. That's funny.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Those double- breasted jerseys, always a hassle.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 17, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Lannan w/8K through 5; Great goolgly-mooglins!

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Dunn's jersey says NATIONALS now

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, they got a shipment of factory second jerseys in today at the team store. Tomorrow they'll be selling them at premium prices as "game worn".

Posted by: nunof1 | April 17, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Any more info on what Manny said to get himself tossed?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 17, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman left Lannan in to sacrifice AG to second. I bet Manny would have pinch-hit in that situation since he always loves to go to the bullpen.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

To avoid being called a second guesser, let me say this now. If Lannan doesn't pitch the seventh, it makes no sense to let him bat, even if he did bunt successfully. (Hernandez just made the last out) Put a real hitter in there and try to get something more than a sacrifice bunt. As Earl Weaver said, "If you play for one run, that's all you'll get."

Posted by: baltova1 | April 17, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

a man on first with one out, he's throwing a 3-hitter and his pitch count is reasonable. that's about as easy a call to let the pitcher sacrifice as you'll ever see.

Posted by: longterm | April 17, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Lannan is still on the mound. Nolasco hit for himself earlier in the game for the Marlins, but he did not come out to pitch the next half-inning.

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

lannan really has calmed down after the hbp and wp; ballgirl cost us?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 17, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

There's Riggleman with the hook - great job by Lannan tonight!

Posted by: BGinVA | April 17, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

close game you save the hitters for more probable situations. too early to burn through them.

Posted by: longterm | April 17, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to take out Lannan after one batter, I think I would have pinch hit for him to get a better hitter in there, with a runner on base. I'd rather have two good batters come up with a runner on first than have only one come up with a runner on second.

Either way, kudos to Lannan for good work. This game's a little easier when your starters do a good job.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 17, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Lannan is one of the top performers for the night on the ESPN scoreboard. Way to go!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 17, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget, longterm, we technically have an extra bat, with the third catcher. Although I wonder if Guzman is really available...

Posted by: baltova1 | April 17, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Acta will be ejected as manager to cover the ineptitude of the Nat's ownership and management

Posted by: mortified469 | April 17, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone ever figure out why Manny was ejected?

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | April 17, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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