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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: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:38 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

It sounds like you are because they showed the replay numerous times on many sports channels and not one of them said he was out. I watched the replay numerous times along with my grandmother who is close to legally blind and we could tell Andrus is safe. Just because Molina started crying means he was out? When did Molina become an umpire? Take your red glasses off when watching the replays. I have no dog in the fight, but I love the game more than any other and just call it as I see it. Yes, they did replay Beltre's at bat and it clearly hit his foot. I guess watching a replay that showed the ball hitting his toe is not proof enough?!? Is it a new rule in the game that the toe is not part of the body?

If I was a Cardinals fan, especially the one who said a couple more will make it even which is quite hilarious, I would be counting my blessings so far. I would say the Cardinals have the advantage on the calls so far. Come on Cardinal fan, at least be truthful with yourself! If I was a Cardinal fan, I would say sometimes the breaks goa teams way and we have taken advantage of them. There is no shame in that because the Cardinals didn't make the call, the umpire did. Your team just stroked the ball and put the heat on the Rangers after the call was made.  

I will say that the Cardinals look like the better team right now. They got hot at the right time of the year and hitting is contagious. Allen Craig is clutch with a Capitol "C". The Rangers have their work cut out for them.

I hope it goes all 7 because I love watching postseason baseball

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:24 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

 As a baseball fan, I can't beleive that a call could be blown that bad!  The Cards won by a bunch, but this call may have had an effect on the outcome.  I'm guessing the cards would have won, but this call led to 2 to 5 runs that shouldn't have happened.  What a huge mistake!  It's not just the few runs, but it stes a positive tone for the cards.  That umpire should be on a plane toward Minsk right now!

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:19 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

The throw had nothing to do with the umpire making a horrible call. The umpire made a horrible call because of two reasons. He lost his vision on the flight to Texas or he is well paid after tonight. Maybe he has some money riding on the game; it wouldn't be the first time a man in his position has done so. A play like that can change the whole outcome of a game. Who knows what transpires if they are facing nobody on and 2 outs. I can tell you this PeterKrop, the Napoli error doesn't occur because he does not have to throw home to try and get a runner out who should have never been there. Yes, replay does need to be implemented! We are talking about the series that determines the champion. That play wasn't even close by baseball standards, clearly out!!!!!! It looks like this call helped get the Cardinals offense going. I think standards should be set for the umpires. If you blow a call of this magnitude, you are dismissed from the rest of the games for the series. No questions asked.

I will not take away from the Cardinals how well they hit the ball, once they got a very advantageous call! They did stroke it. Pujols woke up and looks to be back{3hr's tonight, yikes}. I will say if the Rangers want to have a chance, they better start hitting the ball against some pitchers who are really suspect. Lohse, Garcia???

Despite Napoli's great play at first, he faltered on the throw to home and also was thrown out at home which was another huge mistake. Not very smart!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:12 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Of course Beltre's "hit" was foulk and Andrus should have been out in game 2, but who is counting?

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:02 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

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:00 am

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

This game is not going to decided by this bad call (and yes it was a bad call no question) but the Crads are putting pretty good numbers tonight. If you paying attention thier have been a few bad calls in this series so far. This series isn't over by any means. Stay tuned this series will go the distant.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:59 pm

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Amazing to see a call go againts the Rangers!  A couple more will even it up.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:42 pm

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

I just re-watched the video above and he was tagged TWICE before his foot hit the bag..  I can see someone missing the first tag but not the second!

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:37 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:21 pm

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

A good throw to fvirst and there wouldn't have been a chance for the ump to bl;ow the call

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