Blog Entry

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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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Damn, that wasn't even close!!!!

Too bad to see an outcome dictated this way, but there is always the human factor.

The "human factor" excuse has been used so often to justify bad calls.  When humans make an error, aren't there typically attempts to fix them? 

Another display for the need of a challenge/replay system in baseball.  If umpires would do their job correctly to maintain the speed of the game, which they don't because they rarely tell people to hurry up and never impose the penalty of unnecessarily delaying the game, the anti-replay camp wouldn't have "game takes too long" excuse to keep delaying the implementation of replay.



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Damn, that wasn't even close!!!!

Too bad to see an outcome dictated this way, but there is always the human factor.

I think the winner of this game wins the series!


GO RANGERS!!!!!!!! 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

The Rangers defense does have to take the blame for their mistakes and after the game they will have to face the media and answer to them.  Will Ron Krupa?



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

And these are the best umps the game has to offer huh? For God sake use instant replay these guys are absolutely terrible!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

FCOL, get instant replay involved, something this big shouldn't be left to an umpire that gets it wrong.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Bad call, defense open door to huge inning

Well it wouldn't be a World Series without some contraversy.  Too bad there have been two calls both going AGAINST the Rangers.  First Adrian Beltre fouling it off his foot, which it was but not call (not saying anything different would have happened but still) and now this... This will be talked about for a very long time I am sure, evenmore so if the Rangers don't win the world series!


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