There's a thing about young pitchers; if there's a bad call by the man calling balls and strikes then it can immediately effect them.
The perfect example was in tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with the game tied 1-1 an it the top of the fifth inning and one out.
The second worst hitter in the National League, Chris Young, is up at the plate. Cahill has Young in a 1-2 count. Cahill throws Young a 80 miles-per-hour change up on the outside corner of the plate.
It was the perfect pitch, because he had Young fooled by the pitch and he didn't even bother swinging. Umpire James Hoye blatantly misses the strike call. Apparently to Hoye he felt that it was a little low?
So, the count becomes 2-2. The very next pitch is another change-up this time it was a bit higher in the same exact spot. So would Hoye give Cahill the strike call? Nope. It was ruled a ball because it was apparently too high.
Which is pretty interesting because in the bottom of the fourth he called a pitch to Matt Holliday which should have been ball four and a walk for Holliday a strike and the pitch was way higher than the 3-2 pitch by Cahill.
For Cahill instead of having Young as a strike out victim for a second time, he gives up a solo homerun to Young to put the Diamondbacks up 2-1.
Why? Because of bad umpiring by James Hoye who blew two pitches and for a young pitcher in Cahill he was not able to recover from the blown call.
This of course would have been a perfect time for manager Bob Geren to come out and at least let Hoye know he's not happy with his calls behind the plate or at least a time to go out and talk to Cahill to settle him down after the blown calls.
Yet, no argument from Geren and or at least a visit to the mound from either Curt Young or Kurt Suzuki. The end result: a home run for one of the worst hitters in the National League and the A's trailing 2-1.
The A's still have a chance to win the game, but it doesn't seem likely because their bats can't figure out Diamondbacks pitcher Billy Buckner. Yet, all of this is because Hoye blew two calls.