By Sally Fahey

Bryce Harper was ejected from last night’s game against the Rockies in the first inning after arguing balls and strikes.

Harper went down swinging on three pitches in his first at-bat against Ty Blach and took exception to the second pitch that was called a strike.

“I wasn’t really that upset,” Harper said.

“Obviously, I spiked my helmet, but that was a frustration from the call. And then I just kind of asked him, ‘Hey, wait, that was a strike, but where do you have it?’ I just wanted to have a conversation with you.

“Again, didn’t cuss and scream or anything really big. That’s kind of it. I’m not trying to get thrown out of the first inning in Colorado, obviously. So it’s a bummer, man. I could have doubled in the gap or homered, and the game’s changed, right?”

Via the pool report, crew chief Vic Carapazza added:

“Brian gave him a long leash. He kept him in the game, and Bryce just kept arguing balls and strikes. At the end of the day, equipment violation is basically a big warning, and if you continue to talk about pitches, then Brian had to handle it.”

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