Buck Showalter explains why he asked Umps to check Joe Musgrove’s ear

Behind a stellar effort from All-Star shortstop Joe Musgrove, the Padres defeated the Mets on Sunday night for a 6-0 win in a do-or-die Game 3 in their National League wild-card series.

But on a night where Musgrove’s dominance should have been the main story, the prevailing story at the end of the night centered on Mets manager Buck Showalter requesting a substance test from the right-hander in the bottom of the sixth inning. Referees checked behind Musgrove’s ears, which appeared to be shiny, for a sticky substance but ultimately found nothing after a brief search.

After the game, Showalter was asked to explain what he saw that led him to call for an inspection, first praising Musgrove before telling reporters he acted in response to conversations in the Mets dugout.

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