Drew Smith (New York Mets) was ejected from the game in relief for a foreign substance violation.
Smith entered the game in the top of the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field in the New York City borough of Queens, New York, U.S., on Thursday (July 14), but was ejected before throwing a single pitch due to a foreign substance violation.먹튀검증
Smith was the team’s fifth pitcher to take the mound in the top of the seventh inning, trailing 6-7. Before he took the mound, the umpires tested for foreign objects. Sensing something was amiss, the umpires gathered around Smith, talked to him, and ordered him out.
Smith reacted to the ejection with disbelief. It meant he hadn’t used a foreign substance. But he had no choice but to walk off the mound. As he headed to the dugout, he didn’t seem to understand the umpires’ decision. In the dugout, he also expressed his frustration, saying he didn’t use a foreign substance.
Smith came off the mound without throwing a single pitch. The Mets quickly sent John Curtis to the mound. Luckily, Curtis was able to get a strikeout to end the inning.
According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, “Smith faces a 10-game suspension. “If the suspension is upheld by the Major League Baseball office, the Mets will have to play 10 games without Smith, one of their most important set-up men,” said MLB.com.
In 26 appearances this season, Smith has a record of 3-2, 8.00, 2 saves, 23⅔ innings pitched, 12 runs (11 earned) allowed, 14 walks, 28 strikeouts, a 4.18 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP (walks allowed per inning pitched).
Smith becomes the second Mets player to be ejected for a foreign substance violation this season. The first was Max Scherzer. Scherzer was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in April. The umpires determined that he had a foreign object on his glove. He expressed his frustration after the game, but did not appeal and was suspended for 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount.
Scherzer started against the Yankees. He struggled, allowing six runs (six earned) on seven hits (two home runs) and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. The Mets offense avoided a loss by chipping away at Yankees starter Luis Severino, but the team’s third pitcher, Josie Walker, gave up a sacrifice fly to Josh Donaldson in a 6-7 loss to the Yankees.