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Brett Anderson loses no-hit bid on wrong call at first base

Aug 27, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

Cliff Pennington, Michael Brantley

It was just the fifth, but Brett Anderson was looking really good tonight.

With one out in the fifth inning in Monday’s game between the A’s and Indians, Michael Brantley hit a little roller to the left of first base. Chris Carter came off the bag to get the ball and flipped to the bag, which both Anderson and second baseman Cliff Pennington were trying to cover. Pennington made the catch with his foot on the bag just before Brantley got there. First-base ump Jerry Meals had a very good look at it, but he still called the runner safe in the confusion.

Here’s the video.

Anderson quickly got an inning-ending double play to finish the frame. He ended up allowing just two hits in seven innings in his second start back from Tommy John surgery. The bullpen finished the two-hit shutout from there.

  1. missthemexpos - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    An umpire missing the call, I am shocked.

  2. taz101 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Jerry Meals says he’s safe. Hmmmm. Where have we seen this before???

  3. ireportyoudecide - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    It’s not the hard, computers should call balls and strikes, (saw Swisher called out on a pitch the was at least 4 inches inside tonight to end the game) umps on the bases, with automatic replay review for every close play. Seriously no more argueing balls and strikes, no more 5 minute tirades by managers. Just get it right, it’s not that hard.

  4. keithbangedyermom - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Thank God for the human element.

    • kopy - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Baseball is so much more exciting when you never know if you’re going to get the correct call or not.

  5. hcf95688 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Meals looked like one of teh NFL replacement refs out there.

  6. scratchnsniffnblog - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Bud Selig says there is no public outcry for runners to be kept off base when they are thrown out.

    • paperlions - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Actually, Selig said his bosses aren’t interested in more replay. He makes no pretense about caring what the public wants (and given some of the things fans think they want, I can’t really blame him).

  7. joelgold - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Losing a no hitter on a bad call is only newsworthy if the pitcher gives up no other hits. Especially if the runner is erased on a double play. He gave up 2 other hits so it wouldn’t have been a no-hitter anyway. Point of the post is?? But the umps should still get it right and replay is wanted despite what Bud seems to think.

  8. adenzeno - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Bud thinks??

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