The veteran outfielder struck out swinging to end the inning, but it was the second pitch of the three-pitch at-bat that irked him: a called strike on a pitch that appeared low in the zone. Earlier in the inning, Yonder Alonso argued with Reyburn about a similar pitch.
"When I walked off, I just wanted to flick it back with kind of a, 'Well, let's see if you can hit it-type of mentality,'" Crisp said. "I knew I was going to get ejected for that, and when I went to look at it, I was like, '[Shoot], it came out way too hot.'
"It went way too close. … When he kicked me out, I was like, 'Yup, I deserved that.'"
Crisp could face a potential suspension from the league should his act be deemed deliberate.
Said A's manager Bob Melvin: "He's not throwing the bat at him, he's dropping the bat, upset obviously. Admittedly so. But he's not throwing it at the umpire. I went out there to explain that to him."
Billy Burns replaced Crisp in center field for the bottom half of the fifth. Crisp finished 0-for-3, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.