Thankfully for the Athletics, the bad call didnt affect the result of the video game. A 3rd run would have made the last innings much easier to swallow, however Oakland came away with a 2-1 win.
It should feature a sigh of relief given that Baltimore ended the groups 13-game winning streak on Sunday. It didnt take long for the As to return to their winning ways, even if there was a little bit of drama associated with getting there.
Athletics infielder Elvis Andrus. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oakland Athletics got a taste of the aggravating truth of MLB video evaluation and supervisor Bob Melvin wound up paying the price.
It was a one-run game in the top of the seventh between the Athletics and the Rays. Two outs.
A dropped ball on a Tony Kemp pop fly sent Elvis Andrus racing towards home base. The only thing standing between him and a score was a fast toss to the catcher.
Mike Zunino went for the tag. Andrus moved in. It appeared like he was safe, however the umpire signaled out.
Thats fine. MLBs replay evaluation system is in place to fix that example.?
Only they didnt. Officials actually took a look at this video and chose Andrus was out.
“He was safe. That was the point I was going to attempt to make. It was an awful call,” Melvin stated after the game, according to Alex Coffey of The Athletic.
Put simply, Melvin is best about this one. Andrus hand was well over the bag by the time Zuninos glove got anywhere near him.
What is the point of replay review if the right call doesnt get made?
The Athletics couldnt think the out call in the house stood after replay
As supervisor Bob Melvin understandably disagreed with the call and got himself ejected over it.
Mike Zunino went for the tag. Andrus slid in. It looked like he was safe, but the umpire signaled out.
MLBs replay review system is in location to repair that kind of thing. That was the point I was going to attempt to make.