Ventura balks at call, ejected for fourth time

Ventura balks at call, ejected for fourth time

ANAHEIM -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura was given his fourth ejection of the 2012 campaign, this one handed out by first-base umpire Ed Hickox in the fourth inning of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Angels.

The extended argument was over a balk call made by Hickox, with runners on first and second and nobody out. Jose Quintana made a pickoff throw on Chris Iannetta at first off of a set play, with first baseman Paul Konerko stepping in to catch the ball to the right of Iannetta and then trying to run him down with the tag.

Ventura played down the call, saying it didn't have anything to do with the game and it's a play everyone runs. Hickox was a bit more expansive on his reasoning, telling a pool reporter that Quintana didn't throw directly to first base but eight to 10 feet toward the second baseman.

"Konerko was not breaking until after the pitcher threw the ball, and then he was just trying to catch the ball," Hickox said. "So in my judgment, there was no attempt to retire the runner.

"Any time the first baseman is on the bag and the pitcher throws directly to first base, then obviously it's nothing. They do it 100 times a game. But if you're playing in front or in back, and from my view and my judgment, is that Konerko just went to try to catch the ball from going down the line."