BOSTON -- Which happened first?Red Sox lefty Fernando Abad committing a balk, or Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun being granted time by home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney?Abad started and stopped his delivery in the top of the seventh inning because he saw Calhoun putting up his arms to ask for time
BOSTON -- Which happened first?
Red Sox lefty Fernando Abad committing a balk, or Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun being granted time by home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney?
Abad started and stopped his delivery in the top of the seventh inning because he saw Calhoun putting up his arms to ask for time and stepping out of the box.
But the balk was called, and Cameron Maybin came home for an insurance run that helped the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Blakney did grant Calhoun time, but it was unclear if that was before or after the balk.
The one thing was clear is that Red Sox manager John Farrell became completely incensed by the sequence of events and was ejected for the first time this season.
Farrell went nose-to-nose with third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller.
What explanation was Farrell given?
"That he didn't call time. I'm sure once they look at the video, they'll see time was called well in advance of the balk called, even to the point where Fernando was off the rubber before the balk was called, following time called at home plate," Farrell said. "In my view, obviously not seeing the rest of the game from the dugout, I strongly disagreed, and time was clearly called before the balk was called."
Miller provided an explanation to a pool reporter after the game.
"It started off that Abad had started and stopped before stepping off the back of the rubber," Miller said. "The Red Sox's argument was that time had been called by the home-plate umpire before he balked. John came out and asked Ryan Blakney what he had, and Ryan told him that he had the balk before he called time."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia had an even different interpretation.
"Looked like Abad balked, then stopped. And then it looked like the catcher, [Christian] Vazquez, tried to call time, but the balk happened before all that happened," said Scioscia.
Miller and Farrell never did agree on the sequence of events, but both were passionate in making their points.
"When he came to me and we discussed it, we got together as a crew and Ryan told us what he had," Miller said. "We went back to John and told him the balk happened before time was called. John didn't accept that answer and he was quite adamant that time had been called first and therefore the balk should have been nullified."
To Miller's credit, he gave Farrell plenty of time to say his piece before ejecting him.
"After that he just decided to argue and poked me in the chest," Miller said. "That's why he was ejected."
Maybe Abad was simply confused and thought Calhoun had been given time before he had.
"I'm not sure why the batter was stepping out," Miller said. "The batter does not call time. The umpire calls time. I don't think that has anything to do with the pitcher starting and stopping his motion -- and that's what we had on the field."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.