Tribe’s comeback falls short, fall to White Sox 5-4
By TOM WITHERS
— Ozzie Guillen wasn’t on the field long enough to tell umpire
Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.
The White Sox manager did so afterward.
Guillen, never afraid to speak his mind on any subject, unloaded on
West following Chicago’s 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on
Wednesday, a game that included the ejections of both Guillen and
Buehrle for protesting a pair of balks in the first three innings.
Guillen didn’t hold back in a profane-filled
attack on West.
“Joe has been like that
for a lot of years, and he’s always going to be like this,” Guillen
said, dropping several expletives throughout a rant that’s certain to
get a look from Major League Baseball. “I’m not going to change it,
nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks people pay to
watch him umpire. He’s the type of guy that wants to control the game,
and to me is one of the best umpires in the game, no doubt.
“But in the meanwhile, those years are on his
shoulders and kind of heavy and showing people who he is. I deserve
respect and the players deserve respect here, too.”
Buehrle’s ejection in the third didn’t rattle
the White Sox, who regrouped after losing him and survived a scary ninth
by closer Bobby Jenks to win their first road series this season.
Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake
Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahen drove in two runs as Chicago took two of
three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high four errors.
Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing
Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns with the
bases loaded and getting Russell Branyan to fly out.
White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1), summoned in
the fourth after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury,
worked four scoreless innings.
didn’t make it out of the third, one inning longer than Guillen lasted.
Both were tossed by West, who felt two of the lefty’s pickoff moves were
Matt LaPorta was on first in
the second when West called the first balk on Buehrle, who didn’t like
the decision and had words with West, a 32-year veteran with a
reputation for being confrontational. Guillen came out to defend his
pitcher and West gave him a minute to plead his case before throwing out
Guillen, who dropped his sunglasses, lineup card and other items on the
track before heading into the dugout.
Guillen said he was more upset with West’s treatment of Buehrle than his
“I went out to ask him why he’s
embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this,” Guillen said, waving
his hand dismissively. “When you’re a professional and you have to
respect the managers, the way we’re supposed to respect the umpires,
they are supposed to respect back.
“Obviously they have more power than we have and we have to wear it
every time that happens. … I don’t think he has the right and the
power to let people know who is the chief on the field.”
West said Guillen never mentioned anything
about showing up Buehrle.
“He didn’t say
that to me,” West told The Associated Press while having his postgame
meal. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. Ozzie came out because
Buehrle was making gestures on the mound that could have got him kicked
out so he was protecting Buehrle, that’s all he was doing. I don’t have a
problem with that.”
In the third,
Buehrle gave up an infield single to Jason Donald, and with Trevor Crowe
up, he was called for a second balk. This time, Buehrle flipped his
glove off and was immediately ejected by West, who stood with his arms
folded near the first-base line.
tried to get at the ump and had to be restrained.
“Once I got tossed I wanted to go say a few
words and try to get my money’s worth and just kind of find out what did
I do wrong to balk?” Buehrle said. “I think he’s too worried about
promoting his CD (West is a country music singer and song writer with
his own website) and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a
little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules.
“I’d like to find out what he called a balk on
me. Your knee can cross over the rubber. I know your foot can’t and I
didn’t do that. I watched the replays trying to see what it was called a
balk and I have still have yet to see what I did.”
West said Buehrle balked both times.
“He has a couple of really good moves and those
two were both balks, so I called them,” he said.
Indians manager Manny Acta didn’t want any part
of the West-Guillen battle. He has enough problems.
“That’s irrelevant to me,” Acta said. “I manage
NOTES: Buehrle is the first Chicago pitcher to have two balks in
a game since Scott Radinsky in 1993. Radinsky is currently Cleveland’s
bullpen coach. … The Indians begin a 10-game trip Friday when they
open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. … 2B Luis Valbuena’s
squeeze bunt Tuesday night that scored Kearns was the first successful
squeeze by the Indians since May 17, 2003, against Oakland. … Guillen
has been ejected 22 times in his career.
Updated May 26, 2010