Tensions were high.
Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters when an argument ensues on a play, "it's not going to go well."
And it didn't.
Servais got his money's worth during the A's 7-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday, and was ejected by crew chief Mike Everitt and had to be escorted off the field by bench coach Manny Acta.
The argument began over a play when Jurickson Profar hit a ground ball to first. Edwin Encarnacion attempted to start a 3-6-3 double play, but it appeared Canha was running out of the baseline and on the infield grass. This forced Encarnacion to adjust his throw to J.P Crawford at second base. Upon the throw, Crawford made the catch, and Canha slid into him in a way where the contact appeared to force Crawford to refrain from throwing it to first.
Yeah -- it's a lot.
Mike Leake, on the mound, immediately yelled at the second base umpire and the Mariners called for a replay, and the call was upheld.
"Clearly J.P. got taken out on the play," Servais told the Associated Press. "He couldn't finish the play. They thought differently in New York than what I thought."
Canha took to Twitter to discuss the play and defend his action later Sunday evening:
With regards to the slide at second today...1) I established my running lane immediately once the ball was hit. In other words I was on the cut of the grass for at least the last 60 feet and didn't avert my direction in order to make contact with Crawford...— Mark Canha (@outtadapakmark) May 27, 2019
2) I did not extend my leg to try and make contact with Crawford, in fact i tucked it before making contact in an attempt to avoid hurting him 3) I slid early and did not pop up, and ended up stopped on inside part of the base with both hands touching the base...— Mark Canha (@outtadapakmark) May 27, 2019
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He later tweeted it was a "perfectly clean, legal, smart" execution.