Athletics vs. Indians Video: Watch Controversial Home Run Review in 9th Inning
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, A's shortstop Adam Rosales hit a fly ball to left-center field. After the ball rebounded back onto the field, Rosales was standing on second base.
The Athletics asked the umpires to review the play. But despite evidence to the contrary, the umpires ruled the hit a ground-rule double. Television cameras picked up on the ball hitting a pole right above the left-center field fence, but umpires apparently saw otherwise.
Oakland ultimately wasn't able to drive Rosales home, which resulted in a 4-3 loss.
Ironically, instant replay was supposed to allow the league to more accurately call a game, but instant replay apparently didn't change anything on this night. It actually puts the umpires in a tougher spot now because they had the help of video on Wednesday and still blew the call.
Umpire Angel Hernandez said the crew didn't have enough evidence to overrule the call. Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Angel Hernandez said no recorded interview, only write down answers but says they didn't have enough evidence to reverse call. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 9, 2013
Fortunately, this wasn't a playoff game. The Athletics drop to 18-17 on the season, while the Indians improve to 17-14. But you can only imagine the uproar if the umpires blew this call in a critical spot in the playoffs...it certainly wouldn't be pretty. Especially given the term "home-field advantage" would probably be uttered a few times.
The Indians have now won nine of their last 10 games.
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