Wednesday night’s matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs did not go according to plan for both sides involved. Game 4 was definitely a “nail biter” till the very last out was recorded in the top of the 9th inning, though the game reached a climax in the top of the 8th inning.
Joe Maddon was ejected for the 2nd time in four games after a strange call in the 8th inning. Cubs closer Wade Davis was facing Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson in the top of the 8th with a 2-2 count. Granderson swung at Davis’ low pitch and appeared to have struck out. Granderson then pleaded his case by claiming that he foul-tipped the ball. Every replay available didn’t clearly support that claim, however foul tip calls are not eligible for video-review challenges. Though the home plate umpire originally called it a strikeout, he briefly heard what the Dodgers’ side had to say, then gathered all the other umpires together for a meeting and eventually overturned the call.
Luckily for the Cubs, Curtis Granderson ended up striking out anyway. However, the weirdness does not stop there. To make the play even more strange and controversial, Umpire Jim Wolf told Jim Litke of AP Sports that, after viewing the replay, he felt that he blew the call.
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Joe Maddon caught up with the media after the game and had this to say about the controversial call:
That can’t happen. The process was horrible. To have that change and if Granderson hits the next pitch out I might come running out of the clubhouse in my jockstrap. Their explanation was eventually it turned into hearing two sounds. Not one of them saw a foul tip or heard or thought it was a foul tip, which I totally cannot agree with that process whatsoever.
You can check out everything else that Maddon had to say in the video below.
This sticky situation can be a monumental moment for the game of baseball. The league should have an official replay or rule to make sure problems like this never happen. Who knows, we might be seeing something known as the “Granderson Rule” in the near future.
With that being said, let’s just hope that the umpires show up to the ballpark on Thursday focused and ready to call a great postseason game correctly, for both sides’ sake. The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound and the Cubs will rely on Jose Quintana to send the series back to Los Angeles.
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