Bad Calls (and more) Do in Cubs
The Cubs fell to the Brewers 5-4 tonight at Wrigley in twelve innings, but they didn't have to. The Northside Nine squandered a four run lead and several opportunities to score, but their struggles were also aided by some questionable calls by the umpires.
The above file shows a sixteen frame sequence of Alfonso Soriano's "strikeout" in the seventh inning (captured in all it's digital splendor by yours truly). This "swinging strike" three ended the Cubs scoring threat with men on second and third... and it was one of several bad calls by the umps. As you can sortof see in the picture, Alfonso fouled the ball off and the catcher did not catch it. So it shouldn't have been a strikeout.
The other bad call that sticks out in my mind was when Derrek Lee stole third base in the third inning after doubling in Alfonso Soriano. Derrek clearly had the base stolen, but was called out anyhow. Two pitches later, Aramis Ramirez parked his 200th homerun of his career... a solo.
I got some really nifty shots with the camera tonight, but the digitizing process is going to take some time. I'll leave you with Aramis' 200th dinger, Alfonso in his very aggressive crouch, a nice one of Cliff Floyd, and the stills of the Soriano "strikeout," As always, click on the thumbnails to open the picture in a new window.
Aramis Ramirez jacks a solo shot out in the third inning. Derrek Lee had been caught stealing just a few pitches before.
Alfonso Soriano follows through on a swing (foul ball).
Cliff Floyd got the start in left field today. He was removed as part of the convulted triple switch that moved Jacque to right field, Felix Pie to center, Matt Murton as a pinch hitter, and a new pitcher. I told my buddies... "I'm going to have to start scoring these games if Lou keeps this up."
For your detailed inspection, these are the frames that comprise the moving .gif at the top of the story.