Things started to unravel for Arrieta in the fifth inning when the Philadelphia Phillies starter hit Todd Frazier with an 85-mph changeup. Frazier was fuming at Arrieta as he strolled up the first-base line and exchanged words with the starter. Before long, Frazier was ejected by home plate umpire Tripp Gibson and needed to be held back by teammates before finally leaving the field.
Both teams were warned after Arrieta hit Frazier, which led to more anger from the Mets. Two batters later, an increasingly wild Arrieta plunked Amed Rosario with another changeup. When Arrieta wasn't run from the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway stormed out to protest and was summarily given the boot.
Although it's highly unlikely that Arrieta's two hit-by-pitches in the fifth were intentional, the Mets were probably upset given some recent ugly history with their division rival. Back in April, the Phillies were incensed after Mets reliever Jacob Rhame intentionally threw behind slugger Rhys Hoskins in a blowout.
Arrieta was chased later in the fifth inning Saturday having allowed six runs (five earned) in only 4 1/3 innings. He became the first pitcher since Brooklyn's Carl Doyle in 1940 to have allowed at least 11 hits while also hitting three batters in a start of five innings or less, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic.