Blue Jays still confused by balk call

Blue Jays still confused by balk call

ATLANTA -- A day after right-hander Chad Beck was called for a costly balk in the sixth inning that gave the Braves a run, confusion over the call continued in the Blue Jays clubhouse.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday, the Braves and Blue Jays were tied at 2. The Braves had runners on the corners and Beck was facing Jose Constanza. Beck faked a pickoff throw to third base, where Jason Heyward was, and whirled around to check Andrelton Simmons at first. When Beck saw Simmons breaking for second, which was left uncovered, he ran at Simmons. Beck was called for a balk, allowing Heyward to score the go-ahead run.

Farrell unequivocally said Friday night that Beck did not balk. Saturday, Ferrell said players relayed two different explanations from two different umpires last night, but he still doesn't know what first-base umpire Dan Bellino called Beck for doing.

"[Beck's] got his back to him, he's not going to see," Farrell said. "Sometimes they'll call a balk if he doesn't make ground to his first base of intention, which he did. He came set, there was a change of direction in his hands. So I don't have a definitive reason as to why the balk was called."

With Bellino as today's home-plate umpire, Ferrell said he hopes to get a better explanation when he takes the lineup card out at the start of the game.