De Fratus had just allowed a home run to Chris Parmelee, the Orioles' seventh homer of the game, when the next pitch came inside to Hardy. The pitch missed, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale immediately ejected De Fratus.
"Once he pointed at me, you just walk off the mound," De Fratus said.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that was not the time to throw a purpose pitch.
"Nah," he said. "We need him to pitch. We needed as much as we could out of him, preferably through that inning. That would have saved Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] from going two innings. Not the time to get kicked out."
So was it intentional?
"Doesn't matter," De Fratus said. "I got tossed. That's all I can say about that."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.