Umpire in A's-Angels game misses two blatant strike calls

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Was he watching the same game?

Jim Reynolds, the home plate umpire for Sunday's contest between the A's and Los Angeles Angels, probably wishes he had this call back. To start off the top of the 10th inning, Liam Hendriks delivered about as solid of a pitch as you can, but somehow it was not called a strike.

Wait, what?

Hendriks still managed to make it a 1-2-3 inning, and Oakland walked the game off in the next half inning on a sacrifice fly from Mark Canha.

The A's weren't the only ones puzzled by the umpires Sunday, as Angels manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the sixth inning after two checked swings by slugger Matt Chapman went against LA.

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In this abbreviated 60-game 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been plenty of irregularity with every aspect of an MLB game. But there seems to be some significant rust on some of the league's umpires, as this wasn't the first blown call we've seen this year.

Mistakes happen, as you can't expect anyone to be perfect in sports. But that was about as easy a call as there is, and Reynolds flat out missed two in a row.

Luckily, it didn't end up costing the A's as they become the second MLB team to reach 20 wins on the season (Los Angeles Dodgers have 22 wins as of Sunday afternoon).