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After a blown call at first, Chris Johnson launches a three-run homer to boost the Braves over the Mets

Aug 21, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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Robot umps now?

The Braves and Mets entered extra innings tied 1-1. The Mets got two quick outs before Andrelton Simmons reached base on a single. That brought Freddie Freeman up. He hit it back to the pitcher who tossed it to first base. Freeman was called safe by umpire Jerry Layne but replays showed that he was just short of the bag by the time it hit the fielder’s glove. He should have been out number three but instead the Braves had new life with runners on first and second.

Next up was Chris Johnson who launched a homer to left field giving the Braves a 4-1 lead which ended up being the game’s final score.

Terry Collins came out and argued the call on Freeman as Johnson was circling the bases and he was tossed, as was first baseman Daniel Murphy. This time next year, I guess, Collins could’ve challenged that call rather than just argued about it after the fact.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Hmmmmmm, okay, well I agree with replay coming except in this one instance :)

    GO BRAVES! Keep stackin’ dem dubyas.

    • greymares - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      You do realize that prior to the start of the playoffs they reset the win/loss record to ZERO.

  2. tigersfandan - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    On the play at first, it almost looked like a tie.

    • dondada10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Almost. Throw beat him though.

      • tigersfandan - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Ultimately, I agree with you.

  3. jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Bummer, but still not a good enough reason to have instant replay.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Indeed, Dawg, it is much better for the integrity of the game to have results that everyone knows are bogus.

    • neoshweaty - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      What? In what way is getting the correct call in a tie game not a good reason to have instant replay?


    • hammyofdoom - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Yes, a play that went from out number 3 to a 3 run homerun that would take less than a minute to overturn with one look at instant replay is NO reason to have instant replay! No reason at all!

      • grumpyoleman - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        If you have ever watched a NFL game you would know that no replay has ever taken less than a minute.

      • hasbeen5 - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        There is potentially much more to look at on a football replay. Time on the clock, ball placement, etc. There may be cases like that in baseball with runner placement, but the vast majority would be simple out or safe calls like the one in question. Probably wouldn’t even take a minute.

  4. hunterbishop2013 - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I think the MLB proposal allows extra challenges for extra innings. Otherwise Collins may have been out of luck (and challenges) by the time that play came around. What I didn’t see in the proposal is when the manager must make the challenge, or whether he gets to see the replay first. Assuming the challenge must be made before the next pitch, I could envision all manner of stalling and hurry-up shenanigans depending on whether your team wanted the appeal or not. If managers are allowed to see the replay first, there shouldn’t be too many lost challenges. Just more chastened umps, bruised egos and bad calls.

  5. misterj167 - Aug 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    The only replay I saw could have gone either way. Hey sometimes ya get a break.

    By the way, the Mets have a better record against the Braves this year than the Nats do.

  6. scdocal - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    That was a close play. It looked like a tie. Plays like this are missed in a regular basis.

    • greymares - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      The absolute reason to have replay

  7. scdocal - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Looking back on the play even if there were replays I don’t think there is enough proof to overrule the call. Very close play

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    It couldn’t have been that bad a call if the manager didn’t argue the play until AFTER the next batter. At that point, you should sit down and shut up. Either argue it when it happens, or go cry in your cheerios by yourself.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      He did argue it at the time. He came back out again after the home run.

  9. leftywildcat - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    And, maybe we need to point out to Bud the Dud that instant replay expansion ought to require the replays to have sound — so that the replay ump can hear the ball pop into the glove, just as the on-field umpire might hear it.

  10. styx630 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Collins came back out to argue again because Murphy was tossed. And the throw definitely beat the runner. Did you even watch the game?

  11. scdocal - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Why didn’t Collins come out to argue the call originally?

    • greymares - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Duh! he hadn’t seen the replay.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      He did. Then he came back out again after the home run.

  12. louhudson23 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Close call….play ball…..

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