PHILADELPHIA -- Who says the Philadelphia Phillies are playing out the string?
Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa was ejected as a result of the jawing that ensued. Bowa at one point started berating Daniel Murphy over Monday's bat flip following a homer.
After the Mets' 6-5 win, the Phillies clarified that their objection was not the quick-pitch in general. It was that Ruf was looking down when the pitch came, which can be dangerous for the batter.
Even Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud acknowledged that's a no-no. He was trying to get Robles to slow down and not deliver the pitch until Ruf was looking.
"I just know the guy's head was down," d'Arnaud said. "I think the rule is you can't throw it until at least they're looking at him. So I was telling him to wait. He threw it. You never know what could happen in that situation when you're looking down and something like that happens."
As for Bowa and the Phillies' reaction, d'Arnaud added: "It's just a coach who's trying to protect his players. You've got a competitive organization. They're not called the Fightin' Phils for no reason. They back each other up. That's all I saw was he's just trying to fight for his players."
D'Arnaud had actually apologized to the Phillies an inning earlier, when he appeared to flip his bat after drawing a bases-loaded walk that tied the score. D'Arnaud said he had too much pine tar and the bat stuck in his hand before it went flying.
Bowa was unavailable postgame, but ex-Met Jeff Francoeur spoke.
Said Francoeur: "Let the f---ing guy step in the box. That's all I ask. ... We saw [Jeurys] Familia quick-pitch, but the guy was ready. We played against [Joel] Peralta. LaTroy [Hawkins] did it to me earlier this year in Toronto. That's my whole thing. Ruffy had one foot in the box. That's chicken s---. That's what it is. I never met the guy and I have no problem with him. That was my whole point. Let the guy get in the box. And if they can't understand why we are upset with that, it had nothing to do with anything else. It was a great ballgame between two teams."
Mets manager Terry Collins defended Robles to Bowa.
"He coached for me. He's one of my best friends," Collins said. "I just said, 'Until they make the pitch illegal, you can do it.' We see it all the time."
Said Robles through an interpreter: "I was surprised because I was trying to do my job, tried to do exactly what I've been doing before."