I know calling balls and strikes are hard. It is just a shame when a wonderful game ends when an umpire totally butchers a third strike.
Full count to Nick Punto. Tying run on third. Ball Four… and the game is over because he was called out.
It is not an opinion that it was a ball. I can prove it in a court of law. But all that matters is that James Hoye decided to call it strike 3.
OK, so he made a mistake. But when Punto and A’s manager Bob Melvin came out to argue, what could he POSSIBLY say in return? That it was a strike? It wasn’t.
He ejected them both after the game was over, which is like sending someone to the principal’s office when summer vacation starts.
Alas, the A’s remain the only team playing above .600 ball… but the Angels are creeping up.
Meanwhile the Red Sox and Giants cruised to victories that were neither Dodged Bullets nor Teeth Grinders.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Jeff Samardzija and King Felix Hernandez locked antlers in a tight pitchers duel where Robinson Cano’s double provided the difference. The A’s 9th inning rally was cut short by a horrific called third strike to end the game and give the Mariners a 3-2 win. TEETH GRINDER
36 Dodged Bullets 28 Teeth Grinders
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
36 Dodged Bullets 29 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 7
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
31 Dodged Bullets 37 Teeth Grinders
There ARE solutions to crappy strikezones. I offered THIS one back in 2011.