With a chance at ending the Indians' record win streak, tensions were running high for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Both were ejected in the third inning by home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott for arguing balls and strikes.
Ausmus was furious that this was even a question after the game. "It's hard enough to beat the Indians with all things being equal. We felt like we weren't getting some calls that they were". That much was clear in the third inning.
In the bottom half, Jay Bruce drew a two-out walk on a 3-2 pitch that was just outside.
McCann's ejection was the first of his 321-game career. If it's a strike to us, it has to be a strike to them. The Tigers had two runners on at the time. The ball missed Hicks's glove and hit Wolcott in the chest.
"All I said was that I want the same strike zone", he said.
In his argument with Wolcott, Ausmus could be heard saying, "Don't get caught up in the Cleveland Indians winning 20 games. We deserve the same pitches called strikes that they're getting called strikes'".
He was quickly ejected.
"I feel like in my career I've done a good job all the way back to college and the minor leagues of controlling my emotions", McCann said.
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"There were borderline calls that we weren't getting that they were getting", he said. Were Farmer and Hicks upset by the strike zone and the ejections? Arguing balls and strikes is a no-no.
Hicks took over for McCann behind the plate. Five of our baseball experts chimed in on the Tigers-Wolcott feud.
"That might raise some eyebrows", Indians play-by-play man Matt Underwood said after Walcott went down. It was an accusation the Tigers vehemently denied. "To imply that that was intentional is, first of all, a lie", Ausmus told reporters, via MLive. "If any player intentionally tried to hurt an umpire on this team, we'd deal with it severely".
"And the bases were loaded. Even if it crossed your mind to attempt it, why would you do it with the bases loaded?"
It was a recipe for a cross-up, which is exactly what happened.
"Obviously, it looked bad right after Brad and [McCann] got tossed", Hicks said. What do we here at CBS Sports think? So, I called for a slider away.
"Hicks assumed the slider was coming and it was the fastball".
But to Ausmus, Farmer and Hicks, it was no laughing matter. "But for anyone to imply that that was intentional, that's completely wrong.They're out of line saying that, quite frankly".
Needless to say, suggesting Farmer and Hicks - or even Hicks without Farmer's knowledge - meant to let the pitch hit Wolcott is a serious allegation. When you look at the situation, it's stupid to even think about. "Anybody that's thinking that should be ashamed".
Later on Twitter, Farmer said, "Hate that people think I would hit the umpire intentionally..." I have more respect for the game than that. But at the same time, there's that old thing about veterans getting calls over rookies.
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