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The game-ending call was ridiculous."It’s really a shame when a gam

#1 von panxing18 , 14.06.2019 04:37

e ends on a poorly-made judgment call by an umpire.The Cubs lost 6-5 to the Angels Carlos Zambrano Jersey , and if you didn’t see it, here’s what I’m talking about [VIDEO].Your browser does not support HTML5 video.No, Gabe Morales, that’s not a swing. Plate umpire Jerry Meals didn’t call it a swing. Kyle Schwarber thought he’d walked, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Schwarber that angry, and justifiably so. Give credit to Javier Baez for holding back Kyle from charging at Morales, otherwise we’d probably be looking at a suspension for Schwarber.And if you don’t believe me or that video, check this out:Now. The thing is, the Cubs should never have been in the situation they were in the bottom of the ninth, with the tying and winning runs on base and Schwarber at bat with two out. I mean, sure, it was an exciting comeback, but:The Cubs squandered multiple run-scoring opportunities earlier, leaving RISP in the first, third, fifth and eighth innings, andSTOP WITH THE WALKS ALREADY! Eight Cubs walks, including two with the bases loaded in the Angels sixth inning, sealed the Cubs’ fate in this one. I mean... Kyle Ryan almost walked Angels closer Cody Allen, who was having his first major-league at-bat and first of any kind since 2011.Let’s unpack the rest of this game. Kyle Hendricks, for once, didn’t give up a run in the first inning. Part of that was because of this bizarre inning-ending play [VIDEO].Your browser does not support HTML5 video.Here’s the best description of that play:The ball actually hit Bour in the foot, starting that sequence of events. And yes:The Angels scored three in the second, after Hendricks allowed three straight hits and Tommy La Stella did something that he was good at as a Cub Mark Grace Jersey , reached on catcher’s interference. That was the third time this year — and we are only in game 14! — that Willson Contreras has been called for CI, and he joins this club he probably never wanted to be a part of:The Cubs got a run back on a Baez double in the third, and a second run on another Baez double in the fifth, making the score 3-2. They might have scored more, had Daniel Descalso, who had walked leading off the inning, not been thrown out trying to steal after Ben Zobrist struck out.So it’s 3-2, a deficit that the Cubs could overcome, entering the sixth, and Joe had seen enough of Hendricks, who had thrown 87 pitches. Brad Brach entered the game, allowed a one-out single, and then stopped throwing strikes. He loaded the bases on walks, got a second out, then issued a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Albert Pujols, making it 4-2.Think about that. Pujols has now played 92 games and had 400 plate appearances at Wrigley Field, and that could be the last one... and it’s a walk.Another walk issued, by Tim Collins leading off the eighth, helped lead to the Angels’ sixth run, the difference in the game.The Cubs put two across in the bottom of that inning. Jason Heyward, who’s having a fine season so far, doubled and Contreras singled him to third. An out and a walk later, the bases were loaded for pinch-hitter Mark Zagunis [VIDEO].Your browser does not support HTML5 video.I wish that video showed that entire at-bat, because it was a terrific one http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , probably the best by anyone in this game. Here’s the pitch sequence:Zagunis has become known for his plate discipline, and he showed it there, taking a couple of really close pitches for balls and fouling off a couple more really good fastballs before his two-run single made it 6-4.Ryan walked Bour leading off the ninth, then recorded a pair of outs, one of which advanced Bour to second. An intentional pass was granted to force the Angels to send Allen to bat.Now, seriously. Here is a relief pitcher who has never batted in the big leagues. Why would you not just throw him strikes? The count was run full — and the pitches out of the zone weren’t close! — until Ryan finally struck Allen out.There’s far too much nibbling from this pitching staff. The eight walks Saturday give the Cubs staff 67 for the season in 14 games, averaging more than four per game. That number leads the major leagues. It’s going to have to change.The Cubs didn’t quit. With one out in the ninth, Anthony Rizzo walked and was doubled to third by Baez, his third double of the game. Fun fact time!Heyward then hit a pop fly down the left-field line [VIDEO].Your browser does not support HTML5 video.The ball was dropped by Brian Goodwin, touched in fair territory. Heyward was given a sac fly as Rizzo scored, and wound up on second base, with Baez to third. The tying and winning runs, then, were in scoring position with one out. But Contreras struck out and that brought up Schwarber, and that’s where we came in.Robot umpires wouldn’t necessarily obviate judgment calls like the one Morales made on Schwarber, but it was clear to just about everyone else in the ballpark besides Morales that Schwarber didn’t swing. A walk would have loaded the bases for David Bote, who thrives on situations like that. It might have been a thrilling comeback win. Instead, it’s a tough loss.I do not expect baseball to be played at Wrigley Field Sunday. No call has been made about the game at this writing, but not long before Saturday’s game ended the National Weather Service issued this Special Weather Statement:I mean... that doesn’t sound conducive to baseball at all. There is a mutual off day for the Cubs and Angels, Monday, August 26, that would work out reasonably well for a makeup date. Let’s hope the Cubs and MLB do the right thing and call Sunday’s game off early so that no one is inconvenienced and the players get a full day off. I fully admit I was incorrect on my call for the team to postpone Wednesday and/or Thursday, but this situation appears to be quite different. I will keep you posted on this site tonight or tomorrow morning with details.If they somehow do play, ex-Angel Tyler Chatwood will start for the Cubs and ex-Cub Trevor Cahill goes for the Angels. Scheduled game time Sunday is 1:20 p.m. CT and TV coverage would be via WGN. Yesterday it was announced that Clayton Kershaw would not be getting the start for the Dodgers on Opening Day Kyle Schwarber Jersey , ending his historic eight-year run as the starter. Not only will he be missing game one of the season, but he’ll be starting the season on the injured list."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesDodgers News & NotesClayton Kershaw to begin season on injured listNew,271commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareClayton Kershaw to begin season on injured listJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsGLENDALE — Yesterday it was announced that Clayton Kershaw would not be getting the start for the Dodgers on Opening Day, ending his historic eight-year run as the starter. Not only will he be missing game one of the season, but he’ll be starting the season on the injured list. “I don’t see that happening,” Dave Roberts said when asked if Kershaw would be on the roster. “If he were on the Opening Day roster, he’d be starting.”With Kershaw officially out, the plan for him is to still face hitters for the first time on Wednesday. “Once he passes that hurdle, you’re looking at another hitting session or progressed bullpen on Saturday.” Roberts said. Since Kershaw, along with Walker Buehler, will both not be getting the start on Opening Day, the Dodgers have about a week to decide who will get the ball to begin the season. “We haven’t made that decision yet,” Roberts said. “Now we’re looking at schedules and how they line up with Opening Day. They’re all good candidates.”“I think that the scheduling makes the most sense and how they are aligned. You have to reshuffle guys. After the first [series] there’s an off-day, that’s something we feel someone might benefit from.”Deciding an Opening Day starter might not be the toughest decision that Roberts has to make. Brad Miller, who has impressed during his limited time in the spring, has the option to opt out of his contract if he doesn’t make the 25-man roster to start the season. With guys like Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo and Enrique Hernandez all shuffling around, there likely isn’t room for Miller on the roster. “He has a decision to make, and has that right,” Roberts said. “It’s been good to put eyes on him and see him perform. Things can still change between now and when he chooses. I’ve been very pleased to get to know him. Each day, I know he’s with us, and we’ll see where that leads us.”Walker Buehler will take the mound tonight for his first cactus league start of the year. He’s expected to throw 45 pitches and go three innings. Tonight’s starting lineup:The game will be at 7:05 p.m. PT on SportsNet LA.

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