Another great moment of umpiring mlb playoff stage Last night.
The latest controversy left Boston Red Sox fans wondering whether they should have been on the other side. ALCS. 9-2 loss in Game 4 of 1-2 pitch to Nathan Iovaldi to . based on Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro.
With two more outs in the top of the ninth inning, Iovaldi dropped a patent hammer curveball but threw it up and away. Castro lets it go and the ball hits the outside corner. Home plate umpire Laz Diaz did not punch Castro, as the Fenway Park crowd and Iovaldi – had already taken two steps towards the dugout – expected.
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“I thought it was a strike, but again, I’m in the moment. I’m trying to make my pitch,” Iovaldi said after the game. “I’m attacking the area.
“I felt like I was in control of the at-bat. Felt like I made a good pitch on the outside corner. Didn’t go my way, but I got to respond and make another good pitch.”
Castro next pitches with a right hand, fouled a fastball and sent a 2–2 count delivery into center field, scoring Carlos Correa, who led the frame with a double. The Astros scored a total of seven runs from the ninth to the two-match series.
“A lot of people thought it was a strike,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Diaz’s strike zone on Tuesday sparked outrage from both fan bases. An umpire since 1999, Diaz missed 23 ball-strike calls – 12 by Boston pitchers and 11 by Houston bowlers, According to ESPN statistics and information, which stated that Iovaldi’s pitch had a 23% chance of being called a strike.
When asked about Diaz’s strike zone, Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta replied, “I’m not going to say anything.”
Of course, Boston could show its 0-for-9 with the runners as the main culprit for the loss in the scoring position.
“If it’s a strike, it changes the whole thing, well,” Cora said, “but I think we had early chances.”
In the third inning, Cora had to stop arguing with Diaz after a so-called third strike on JD Martinez.
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