WASHINGTON – The Giants departed in stunned silence after blowing a five-run lead in a 14-6 loss at Nationals Park on Sunday.
Two-fifths of their rotation left the bench far earlier.
Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy were ejected in the third inning after complaining to third base umpire Paul Emmel that Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg wasn’t coming to a complete stop in his delivery.
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“You know, he almost stops every time,” Hudson said. “He’s a pitcher and like everyone else he has to come to a complete stop. It affects him more when he does. I said something in the first inning.”
When Emmel declined to say something to Strasburg or call a balk, Hudson picked up the commentary in the third inning.
“I said, 'Make him stop,’ and … ‘He gone!’” Hudson said. “I didn’t know how he heard me, honestly. It was more or less in passing. He’s got some rabbit ears on him.”
Peavy picked up the chorus and was tossed as well.
“No cussing, nothing,” Peavy said.
Hudson knows something about ejections. Back in 2007, he was called for a balk and Braves manager Bobby Cox argued until he got the thumb.
It was Cox’s 133rd career heave-ho – and it happened one night after Cox broke the major league record for ejections. (They were playing the Giants and Bruce Bochy got ejected from that game, too. And yes, Angel Hernandez was involved.)