Giants hosed on three called strikes late in loss to Padres

Mark Melancon

I have bad news, and then also some bad news.

The bad news is the Giants lost to the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Friday night. The other bad news is a trio of pitches that umpire Adam Hamari called strikes will make you cringe.

In the top of the ninth inning, Padres reliever Mark Melancon threw three cutters to Wilmer Flores. This was the result.


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It already was a tough game losing the series opener, but the Giants also might have lost shortstop Brandon Crawford after he was hit in the calf by a 96 mph pitch. He exited early shortly thereafter.

Despite the loss and the poorly called pitches, Giants catcher Buster Posey was showing off at the plate. He hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning, upping his total in April to six. That’s the most Posey has hit in one month since May 2017, when he also homered six times.

Interestingly enough, Posey did say back in 2019 that he was unsure about robot umps. Even though Friday night's decisions make others want to say otherwise.

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The Atlantic League began experimenting with a system then that used an earpiece connected to an iPhone, which would direct an official to relay the call from the TrackMan computer system.

"I would venture to say that more pitches would be called balls that are called strikes now," Posey told The Athletic back in August of 2019.


At this point, these kinds of missed calls are happening far too often in the majors.

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