Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Blind Ump? Or a Tired Ump?

So....after 19 innings.....6 hours and 39 minutes......

Everyone involved was a bit tired...

And the umps?   A bit blind.

For it was late......and it was time to go home.

Braves Beat Pirates After Controversial Call At The Plate (VIDEO)

Braves Pirates
AP/The Huffington Post Posted: 7/27/11 08:33 AM ET

ATLANTA (Associated Press) — Julio Lugo scored from third base on a contested play at the plate, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win in 19 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates early Wednesday morning.

The game, which ended at 1:50 2 a.m., was the longest in Turner Field history and matched the longest in the major leagues this season. At 6 hours, 39 minutes, it was the longest by time for both teams.

Lugo took on Scott Proctor's grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, whose throw to catcher Michael McKenry easily beat Lugo to the plate.

Lugo tried to avoid McKenry's tag with a pop-up slide. Replays indicated McKenry made the tag, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle argued the call vigorously, following Meals off the field as the Braves celebrated.

Braves Pirates
MLB Marathon Game Ends In Controversy

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