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In today's Hit and Run, Jay Jaffe looks at the blow-ups from Larry Bowa and Joe Girardi over baseball's unwritten rules and Brendan Ryan's scoreless outing on the mound.

By Jay Jaffe
August 26, 2015

1. Bowa's blow-up

Larry Bowa was mad as hell, and he wasn't going to take it anymore. On Tuesday, the feisty 69-year-old Phillies bench coach was at the center of a seventh-inning war of words at Citizens Bank Park, one that stemmed from a quick pitch by Mets reliever Hansel Robles but also called back to Monday night's drubbing by New York, in which it hung 14 unanswered runs on Philadelphia via a barrage of homers en route to a 16–7 win.

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With two outs and nobody on base last night, Robles delivered a first-pitch fastball to Darren Ruf while the batter had his head down and was still finding his footing in the batter's box. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino waved off the pitch, ruling that time had been called, but that didn't stop Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur and then Bowa from airing their grievances by coming out of the dugout and onto the field, along with several other team members. Bellino attempted to restore order but quickly tossed Bowa. Several Mets, including manager Terry Collins—under whom Bowa served as third base coach with the Angels from 1997 to '99—joined the fray as well.

Bowa returned to the dugout and prepared to depart, then decided he still had fuel in the afterburner, so he took issue with Daniel Murphy over his two-run sixth-inning homer from the night before, the Mets' seventh of the franchise-record eight they would hit for the night; apparently, Murphy's bat flip raised the ire of the irascible coach. Bowa dropped multiple four-letter words (via the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert: "Hey you Murphy, that bulls--- flipping the bat, you’re gonna get hit, too. You. F--- you. F--- you.”) and then gestured to indicate that Murphy could expect a pitch in the ribs at some future date, leading the umpires to warn both benches.