Rays scorekeeper has no problem with Mets' appeal
R.A. Dickey gave up only an infield single in Wednesday night's victory over the Rays. The official scorer called B.J. Upton's first-inning chopper that David Wright couldn't field a hit. The Mets have appealed the decision.
Tropicana Field official scorer Bill Mathews said he has no problem with the Mets' appealing his call of a first-inning hit that was the only one allowed by Mets starter R.A. Dickey on Wednesday.
Mathews, who is the baseball coach at Eckerd College and an official scorekeeper since 2004, said he had no doubt B.J. Upton's grounder down the third-base line was a hit. New York third baseman David Wright tried to barehand the ball, but couldn't corral it.
"I don't really have a lot of comment because we don't do it for the controversy," Matthews told Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times. "It's their prerogative to appeal. We just want to get it right and if they want to appeal, that's awesome. They'll do that and Joe [Torre] will take a look at it and he'll either uphold it or change it."
You can see the play here. And I'm with Mathews, that's a hit. Reviews of these kinds of rulings happen all the time, it just takes something like the possibility of a no-hitter for it to become public.
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