CHICAGO -- Indians reliever Tony Sipp succinctly summed up his actions during Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
"To say I was heated," Sipp said, "that would be an understatement."
During the 10th inning of Cleveland's 8-7, 14-inning loss to Chicago, Sipp picked up his first ejection from first-base umpire Wally Bell. The lefty was tossed after prolonging an argument about a controversial call at first.
White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza chopped a pitch from Sipp to first baseman Matt LaPorta, who gloved the ball, hustled to first and appeared to tag the runner for an out. Sipp also ran to first on the play, though, making for a crowd of players that likely made the tag difficult to see from Bell's position on the field.
De Aza was ruled safe, and Sipp simply did not like Bell's explanation.
"He said [LaPorta] didn't touch him," Sipp said. "I can take, 'All right, I didn't see it,' or maybe, 'I'm not sure.' But he was like, 'He absolutely did not touch him.'"
Indians manager Manny Acta said he received different reasoning from Bell.
"They missed the play," Acta said. "Wally told me that the guy tagged the runner on the bag. I knew that he tagged him before the bag. I could see it from [the dugout]. Human element. It just didn't work in our favor."
Following the play, Acta headed to the mound and pulled Sipp from the game. As the lefty walked off the mound, he continued to bark at Bell, who started walking toward the pitcher. Before Sipp reached the dugout, Bell ejected him from the game. Sipp then threw his glove down in anger and continued to yell at Bell near first base before leaving the field.
"Emotions got the best of me out there," Sipp said with a shrug. "I was joking around with LaPorta. I asked him why he didn't just toss me the ball? That could've settled everything."