Phillies Closer Hector Neris Suspended 3 Games After Drilling David Freese

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 16: Closer Hector Neris #50 of Philadelphia Phillies questions home plate umpire Chris Conroy on his ejection from the game after he hit David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the head during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers 9-8. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The Phillies bullpen has now drilled players after home runs in back-to-back games, and their closer paid the price for it Tuesday night.

Hector Neris was suspended three games after he threw near the head and hit the back of Dodgers infielder David Freese.

After taking a 6-5 lead into the ninth inning, Neris took the mound and allowed a three-run home run to Matt Beaty to give the Dodgers the 8-6 lead. After a first-pitch splitter, Neris put a 95 mph fastball near the letters on the back of Freese's jersey.

Freese immediately had words for Neris, and the Dodgers dugout was fired up. The Phillies closer was swiftly ejected, prompting an argument from manager Gabe Kapler, who himself was told to ride the pine.

Phillies reliever Yacksel Rios was ejected the previous game for hitting Justin Turner with a slider during a 16-2 rout by the Dodgers. Although a questionable decision, the umpire immediately ejected Rios, prompting arguments from Kapler, catcher JT Realmuto, and even Turner.

Luckily for them, the Phillies were bailed out from the most embarrassing two game sequence of the season thanks to a walk-off hit by Bryce Harper. It'll be interesting to see if tensions rise again when the two teams face off Wednesday night in Philadelphia.