Thursday night was not the night Dodgers fans were hoping for. After dropping one to the Giants after giving up the lead in the 9th on Wednesday, Dave Roberts was looking for a bounceback outing out of his closer.
Instead, the Dodgers walked away with another loss despite leading after 8 innings. And to be fair, it wasn’t entirely Kenley Jansen’s fault. A few bad calls and questionable plays on the infield led to a disastrous 9th inning. Still, Kenley wasn’t good.
But a blown call in the 9th really got everyone fired up. Dave Roberts talked about that call after the game and how it changed the game for the Dodgers. Doc is normally pretty reserved, but he didn’t hold back much when he stormed out onto the field to argue the call.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he went and the game should have been over. Eddie’s a very good umpire, been around a long time. But in that spot, two contending teams, you just can’t miss that call. The game should have been over and there’s no other way to look at it.
The call in question was a bases-loaded checked swing by the Giants’ Darin Ruf. On replay, it appeared as though he went almost completely around on his swing. Instead, the call went against the Dodgers and the game was tied rather than over.
The call should have been in the Dodgers’ favor and the game would have ended there. And yes, they had their opportunities before that and failed to make it happen. But it’s hard to ignore that egregious of a call on the field. Doc did not ignore it.