Even three-time AL MVP Mike Trout could not believe the blown replay call in the ninth inning that lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 win Sunday night in Atlanta. Phillies third baseman Alec
Even three-time AL MVP Mike Trout could not believe the blown replay call in the ninth inning that lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 win Sunday night in Atlanta.
Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm scored the go-ahead run on a short sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius in the top of the ninth. He was ruled safe by home-plate umpire Lance Barrett, and the play was upheld by replay review – despite it being clear that Bohm never touched home plate before he was tagged out by Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
“So bad,” Trout tweeted with a crying laughing emoji.
Trout, a south New Jersey native, was replying to another tweet from former major leaguer Will Middlebrooks, who wrote, “How do you watch that replay and say he’s safe? Hahaha this is a joke.”
Dodgers infielder Justin Turner also chimed in on Twitter, calling the decision “absolutely brutal.”
“Saw two angles that were clear he never touched the plate and we get a call stands?” Turner wrote. “I’m with everyone else, what’s the point of replay?”
According to MLB, the replay official “could not definitively determine that the runner failed to touch home plate prior to the fielder applying the tag.” The Braves were incensed by the ruling.
“In real time, it’s bang-bang,” Atlanta starter Drew Smyly said. “But we have five different angles on a national televised game, and it’s clear that his foot didn’t touch the plate. That it was on the chalk. For MLB not to overturn that, it’s embarrassing. Why even have replay if you won’t overturn that?”
Added d’Arnaud: “Initially, I didn’t know if he was safe or out, but after watching the replay, it looked like his foot didn’t touch the bag, from any angle we saw. I thought he was clearly out at the plate.”
Bohm doubled to lead off the inning and was on third with one out when Gregorius lifted a shallow fly to left. Marcell Ozuna’s throw was slightly up the third-base line, but d’Arnaud snared it and shifted to his right to block Bohm’s left foot from crossing the plate.
“I was called safe, that’s all that matters,” Bohm said afterward.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said he believed Bohm scored “by the skin of his big toe,” but the Braves obviously didn’t agree.
“It makes me not even want [replay] anymore,” d’Arnaud said. “It just slows the game down. To me, they got it wrong. I’d just rather not have it and get the game going.”
The small crowd at Truist Park threw trash onto the field following the lost challenge, which didn’t sit well with the Braves, either.
“I love our city. I love our fans. They’re passionate. They care. But what happened after they announced that call is the most embarrassing part of the whole night,” shortstop Dansby Swanson said. “The throwing of things on the field, it’s disrespectful to the people who put in so much work to have the field ready for us every day.
“It’s an embarrassing representation of our city. The worst part of it is, I don’t think people realize we have families here. There are kids that are sitting in the front row and you have bottles whizzing by their heads. Endangering kids that may not be able to protect themselves is downright embarrassing and shouldn’t happen again.”
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Peter Botte