Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lance Lynn had quite the Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The big righty found himself in significant jams in the first and third innings of his start vs. the Oakland Athletics. Lynn worked out of a second-and-third, no-out situation in the first, and a bases-loaded, no-out scenario in the third. Lynn didn’t give up any runs despite the major scoring threats in those innings, but he did surrender a solo home run in the top of the fourth.
Lynn had already thrown 88 pitches after four innings, so his outing probably wasn’t going to last much longer. However, his night came to a premature end upon exiting the mound following the top of the fourth inning.
When NBC Sports Chicago’s broadcast returned from commercial break entering the bottom of the fourth, announcer Len Kasper pointed out that someone near the White Sox dugout had been ejected from the game. The broadcast played back part of the interaction, and Lynn was spotted having a verbal altercation with the umpires.
Kasper noted that the umpire crew elected to check Lynn’s equipment for foreign substances after the completion of the top of the fourth inning, but Lynn was apparently already entering the dugout. It seems the right-handed hurler set his glove and hat on the dugout railing but flung his belt onto the warning track out of frustration with the timing of the substance check.
The broadcast footage did not show the complete interaction, but Lynn was clearly displeased with the umpires. The available footage shows Lynn arguing with an umpire in front of the dugout and while he was descending the steps toward the White Sox clubhouse.
Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area reports Lance Lynn was indeed ejected for throwing his belt toward the umpire and “saying a few things”. The latter factor comes as no surprise, as Lynn can often be seen shouting expletives upon exiting the mound following high-intensity scenarios.
Lynn finished the night with a final line of 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Garrett Crochet replaced Lynn on the mound when the White Sox took the field in the top of the fifth inning.