And you thought replay reviews would at least resolve disputes over home run balls.
The Oakland Athletics can strongly refute that notion.
By all indications, the A’s got the short end of a blown call that cost them dearly in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, even after umpires had the benefit of looking at the game’s critical play on replay.
BOX SCORE: Cleveland 4, Oakland 3
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With the A’s down to their last out and the bases empty, Adam Rosales hit a long, high drive toward deep left-center that initially appeared to be gone. The ball bounced back on the field, though, and Rosales only made it to second, a quizzical look on his face.
After Oakland manager Bob Melvin came out to argue, the umpires went in to take a look at television replays, which showed the ball bounced off a railing over the fence for a home run.
Except the crew didn’t see it that way, and when umpire Angel Hernandez signaled for Rosales to stay at second, Melvin went nuts – well, by his mild-mannered standards – and got ejected.
“You saw it. Everybody saw it. I think everybody thought it was a home run except the umpires,” Rosales said afterward.
The A’s loaded the bases, but closer Chris Perez got Seth Smith to hit a comebacker for the final out, leaving Oakland players and managers grumbling, shouting and steaming, for all the good it did them.
They’re also probably wondering what good is video replay if it can’t correctly settle calls like this.
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