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Questionable call leads to Mariners loss, Eric Wedge ejection

May 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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Francisco Liriano and Felix Hernandez had a great pitchers’ duel last night, with the Twins taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning in Seattle.

With a runner on first base and one out Jack Cust hit a ground ball to third baseman Danny Valencia, who decided to throw to second base for the force out.

His throw was late–on replay, Miguel Olivo‘s was already at the base when Alexi Casilla caught the ball, although there’s some question about whether Casilla’s foot blocked Olivo–but umpire Jerry Meals called him out.

Eric Wedge came storming out of the dugout, went face-to-face (or mustache-to-face) with Meals, and got himself ejected pretty quickly, although he was relatively subdued once tossed.

Instead of having the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on base with one out, the Mariners were down to their final out with a runner on first base and Adam Kennedy grounded out to end the game. At this point the Twins will take any help they can get, as the victory snapped their nine-game losing streak.

  1. dluxxx - May 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    You know, I didn’t get to watch the replay (besides the one you linked to) but there was a lot of discussion on that play last night. Apparently the replay from the other angle shows that he popped up before the bag, not on the bag, and that’s why he was called out. Not sure if I believe it, but I’ll take the win anyway.

    • kopy - May 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      This is the other angle, the video right next to the one linked.

      Someone who isn’t a Twins fan may have to look at this, but the throw may have actually beat him. Or, at least, it’s close enough where this isn’t necessary a bad call.

      • marinersnate - May 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        Watching the play real-time last night, I thought it was horrible call at first. Once the other angle (linked to above) was shown a couple times, I think it was pretty obvious Oliva was out. Even the Mariners’ broadcast crew (Dave Simms, Mike Blowers, Jay Buhener) called it a “good call” after viewing it from this angle a few times in super-slow motion. Wedgie didn’t have the benifit of this angle or replay. No controversy here.

        Now if King Felix had not given up those two first inning walks before settling in, it might have been a different game. Oh, and if we had actual MLB hitters (besides Ichiro and Smoak) it probably would have helped too.

      • bigdogpappad - May 18, 2011 at 8:37 PM

        Mariners will not have MLB hitters until the owners wake up and get rid of the phony GM you have.

      • Reflex - May 19, 2011 at 12:05 AM

        That GM here in Seattle is one of the best in the majors. His wheeling and dealing have taken a farm system bereft of any real talent into one of the more stacked systems in only two seasons. I’m patient enough to wait for the fruits of his labors rather than letting a couple of painful but necessary seasons discourage any potential replacement from having any sort of long term vision.

        Still genius how he took two mediocre prospects, turned them into Cliff Lee, then turned him into the top 1B prospect in the game. His drafts have turned out very nicely so far too. Two more seasons and we’ll see what he put together.

  2. shaggylocks - May 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    To be fair, the managers will come out and argue the really good calls, too.

  3. deathmonkey41 - May 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    What’s the point of these articles? Dud Selig and MLB are afraid of the Umpire’s union and bad umps making bad calls and then compounding it with massive egos are never going to be punished for it.

  4. xsturmin8 - May 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    The title of the post is a little misleading. The blown call didn’t cost a run, just an out and they probably would have lost anyway (the next out was a ground ball that easily could have converted into a DP). Umpire missed calls are melodramatic enough without automatically equating them with changing the outcome of a game.

  5. thetid - May 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    It was the right call. His slide was awful. He should be rewarded for making a great call that looked terrible from a distance. Eric Wedge should be ridiculed for arguing a good call

    • clydeserra - May 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM

      Yeah, it was the right call, or at the very least not a bad call.

      Wedge should say as much and move on. I don’t begrudge the guy for arguing what looked like a bad call but for slo mo replay.

      I am really amazed at how many times the umpires get tough calls right. Sure there are flubs that can be quickly corrected with another opinion or replay, but for the most part they do a good job.

  6. hep3 - May 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    It’s Seattle and Minnesota; who cares?

    Oops, did I say that out loud?

    • marinersnate - May 19, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      It’s another comment by hep3; who cares?

      Oops, did I just say that out loud?

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