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Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 4:04 am

By Matt Snyder

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It all started so innocently. Albert Pujols hit a rocket single to left field, but that isn't really surprising. Then Matt Holliday hit what should have been a double play. Had it been completed, the Rangers would have been facing Lance Berkman with the bases empty and two outs, trailing by just one.

But Ian Kinsler made an errant throw and Mike Napoli was ruled to have not tagged Holliday. Replays showed Napoli was correct, and that it was a blown call by first base umpire Ron Kulpa. Also note that Holliday was knocked off balance by the tag, and fell down as he crossed the bag. He doesn't usually just fall down when running through first base.

Here's a good GIF, courtesy of SB Nation:

And everything came unraveled from there.

World Series, Game 3
Berkman singled. David Freese doubled in one. The Rangers intentionally walked Yadier Molina. It was 2-0 at the time, and a decent deficit could have been salvaged. And then the defense faltered.

Mike Napoli, a catcher by trade, was playing first base. Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay hit a weak grounder to Napoli, who made an off-balanced, errant throw to the plate, allowing two runs to score. Ryan Theriot then followed with an RBI single.

Just like that, it was 5-0 Cardinals through 3 1/2 innings.

There were three mistakes in the Cardinals' half of the inning. Two by the Rangers' defense and one by the first base umpire. It's likely the home fans will mainly remember the one by the umpire, but should realize their defense needed to have a better inning, too. It's also worth mention that Kulpa was the umpire at second who made the great safe call on Kinsler's big ninth-inning Game 2 stolen base.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:28 pm

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

While we're talking about mistakes, why would anyone PITCH to Pujols FIVE times in a game ?

Wash needs to get off his mouse treadmill and get into the game.   

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:39 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

If I make a mistake like that, doing what I'm trained and paid to do, I get sued for malpractice.  Umps need to be held accountable for their bad calls.  Anybody that has played competitive sports knows the affect of poor officiating.  As a pro athlete you've got to "shake it off."  But don't think for one second that it doesn't affect your subconcious when it seems the game is fixed. As fans you can only hope it evens out in the wash, that the bad calls don't always go one way. 

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:06 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

MLB holding on to the Dark Ages for all it's worth...

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:22 am
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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:11 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Nice thought. Had things been reversed you wouldn't be so congenial. That call changed the momentium of the game. And weather your willing to admit it or not, Albert may have very well continued his slump instead of going in the record books. Umpires should not be allowed to dictate the outcome of games with this much money on the line. Continuing the series benifits everyone monetiarily. Ask Tim Donahgy about that.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:40 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Of course in the long run it doesn't matter as the cards kept piling it on
It's called momentum, and you can't say the Cards keep scoring if that inning ends.  Everything changes, who bats next, who leads off, how a pitcher approaches the next batter, what pitcher is used, the batter's approach at the much would have been different if the umpire had made the right call. 

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:23 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Zombielogic, Great point! If Nolan Ryan was pitching, Pujols would have been on his a$$ or on first base after being hit.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:13 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Didn't watch the game, but here's what I'd like to know. Who was on the mound for Texas when Pujols came up in the 9th inning after hitting two home runs and with that big a lead and watched him dig in and didn't plant one in his earhole?

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:03 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

I'll tell ya what. We'll give you back 8 runs for the bad call. Give me a break. It's amazing how people use excuses. Texas came right back, so momentum was not lost. Errors, walks, base hits and all those Pujols home runs given up are the difference in the game. Not a bad call. get over it. Wipe your eyes. Move on.

Albert is now in the record books, and kudos to Rangers pitching for challenging him! Weaker teams would just put him on base or throw at him. It's good sportsmanship for a pitcher to earn his pay by facing up to a hot batter. 

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:46 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

The Cards have definitely had a few calls go their way but the Beltre foul would not have matter b/c Motte was lights out that night, and a couple of runs that shouldn't have happened in one inning don't really make up for a 9 run loss.

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