Last nights epic Pittsburgh Pirates-Atlanta Braves game still has baseball fans buzzing.
The Braves won 4-3 in the 19th inning, in a game that took 6 hours and 39 minutes to complete. It ended at 1:50 a.m. Atlanta time.
However, it's the way the game ended that people are talking about more so than the actual length of it.
The Braves had runners on second and third with one out and Scott Proctor at the plate. With the infield in, Proctor grounded to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, whose throw home beat base runner Julio Lugo by five feet. Catcher Mike McKenry appeared to make the tag, but umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe.
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"I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn't see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg."
It's fairly obvious by Lugo's reaction before the call that he knew he was out. Plus, had Meals called him out, McKenry may have still had time to throw down to first to complete the double play, in which case this game could still be going on.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle may have summed it up best by saying, "This game deserved better."
Now that's a call I think everyone can agree with.
Instant replay anyone?