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Umpires Utilize Replay System to Check Count and Still Get It Wrong

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Ken ChinSocial Media StaffApril 23, 2014

Baseball is a sport of weird happenings and Tuesday night's game between the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays was no different.

During Yunel Escobar's at-bat in the fifth inning, the umpires lost track of the count and went to video review to figure it out. Escobar initially questioned the count when it went to 2-2 and Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno then fired a fastball for what he thought was the third strike.

That's when the umpires got confused.

Somehow they mixed it up and ruled the count 3-2 when in reality it was 4-2. Both managers figured Escobar had drawn a walk, but the ruling gave Escobar another shot and he struck out on the 4-2 pitch.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the final explanation came after the game.

"An error was made when replay officials and supervisors mistakenly thought one of the pitches was a foul ball when it was actually a ball," MLB said in a statement."

The Rays went on to win the game 7-3 and the mixup didn't matter much in the end.

Mistakes happen at times, but with video review and multiple people making the call, miscues like these shouldn't happen.

[MLB, h/t Deadspin]

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