“It was a strike.”
The Los Angeles Angels dropped a 3-5 decision to the San Diego Padres on June 6 at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA.
It was a hard-fought game. San Diego had a chance in the top of the first inning after leadoff hitter Ha-Sung Kim grounded out to shortstop, but Fernando Tatis Jr. singled and Juan Soto walked. Manny Machado grounded out to shortstop, but Xander Bogaerts singled to load the bases. Tatis then scored on a throwing error by Angels starter Patrick Sandoval at second base.
The Angels tied the game in the top of the second. With two outs, Hunter Renfroe doubled and Matt Tice walked to put runners on first and second. Luis Renfroe singled to right field. Tice reached on an error by the right fielder, allowing Renfroe to score.
San Diego tied the game in the bottom of the third. Ha-Sung Kim led off with a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on Soto’s single. Machado followed with an RBI single.
In the bottom of the sixth, San Diego tied the game. Machado took an 87.2 mph (about 140 km/h) curveball from Jose Soriano and smashed it over the left-center field fence. But the Angels tied the game in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by Tice.
With the score tied at 3-3, trouble came in the bottom of the seventh. After Kim struck out, San Diego put runners on first and second with Tait’s double and Soto’s walk. Machado then walked on a 3B2S full count. Jacob Webb’s eight-pitch four-seam fastball appeared to be in the strike zone, but umpire Jerry Lane called it a ball 꽁머니지급.
Angels manager Phil Nevin was furious. He began yelling at Lane from the dugout during Bogart’s at-bat. Eventually, Lane ordered him to leave the game. Nevin then went over to Lane and, after strongly protesting, left the game. The Angels regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Bogart singled and scored on a wild pitch. The Angels were swept by San Diego.
The reason for Nevin’s anger was obvious. Umpire Lane’s strike call was odd. The three batters in the bottom of the seventh inning had different strike zones. Kim Ha-seong, the leadoff hitter, saw a sweeper that was slightly lower than the strike zone, but the umpire called it a strike. Machado, on the other hand, saw a four-seam fastball that came in slightly higher than that and was called a ball.
After Nevin protested, Lane made another strange call. He called a strike on a four-pitch changeup that came in lower than a sweeper from Kim Ha-Sung in Bogart’s at-bat.
After the game, Nevin said of the eight-pitch pitch to Machado in the bottom of the seventh, “It was a strike. It was called a strike early on. It was a blatant mistake.” “It should have been a strikeout and then Bogaerts retired on a pitcher’s interference and the inning should have ended.”
The Angels are 4-11 in their last 15 games. With a 45-44 record, they are third in the American League West. They are seven games behind the first-place Texas Rangers (51-36) and four games behind the New York Yankees for the third wild card. The loss of Mike Trout to a long-term injury has put a red flag on their postseason hopes.