Overturned Kentucky Derby winner brings to mind past Giants, A's controversies

Overturned Kentucky Derby winner brings to mind past Giants, A's controversies

History was made Saturday at Churchill Downs. Just not the good kind.

During the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, 9-2 favorite Maximum Security broke away from the pack to win the first leg of the Triple Crown. But after the race, the stewards reviewed the running and disqualified Maximum Security for coming off the rail and bumping War of Wills and impeding the path of Country House, who finished second and therefore was named the winner. 

It was the first post-race disqualification in Kentucky Derby history. At 65-1, Country House was the second-biggest long shot to win in Derby history. 

The Derby's controversial ending likely brought back a couple of memories of overturned calls for Bay Area baseball fans.

The first came during an A's-Astros game last August at the Coliseum.

With the A's trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Martini laced a ball down the right field line. Ramon Laureano took off from first base, looking to score and tie the game. The relay throw met Laureano at the plate, and he initially was called out. However, replay overturned the call, and the A's tied the score.

The A's went on to win the game, much to the dismay of Astros right fielder Josh Reddick, who had a few words for the umpires' confounding call.

Giants fans might remember another replay controversy, but this one didn't turn out in their favor.

In August 2017, the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were locked in a battle at then-AT&T Park. With the Giants trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Crawford laced a ball that was ticketed for the roof atop the right field wall. The home run would have made it 5-3, but a fan caught the ball before it hit the roof. After a replay review, the umpires ruled fan interference, giving Crawford a double and taking a run off the board. The Cardinals went on to win 5-2.

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While both calls were head-scratchers, neither cost the Giants or Astros the amount of money that the jockey and trainer would have made ($1.86 million) had Maximum Security been ruled the winner of the Kentucky Derby. 

That's a tough L to take.

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

The 10-inning game Friday night had just ended before prepping for the third of a four-game series. Saturday's matchup has the Giants hoping they can continue to figure out the Mets.

New York's ending to the game was heartbreaking, to say the least. A bad catch attempt on a routine fly ball to left field let Alex Dickerson cross the plate in walk-off fashion

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for the Orange and Black and hopes to keep the momentum going. He's improved his ERA to 3.93 this season -- across his last three starts, he's boasting a 1.66 ERA with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

Mets' Zack Wheeler would have been the starter on Saturday if it weren't for some shoulder fatigue. Walker Lockett will get those honors. His numbers aren't as impressive as Jeff Samardzija, however.

The righty is making his third start of the season and currently has an 11.74 ERA. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Hank Schulman reported pitcher Conner Menez was in the Giants' clubhouse but was told there is no trade involved which means more than likely someone is going to be removed from the roster. It was also reported Menez will get the start on Sunday and Drew Pomeranz will be sent to the bullpen.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up for the third game of the series:

New York Mets (44-53)

Jeff McNeil, RF
Michael Conforto, CF
Wilson Ramos, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Todd Frazier, 3B
Dominic Smith, 1B
J.D. Davis, LF
Amed Rosario, SS

Walker Lockett, P (0-1, 11.74 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (49-49)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Donovan Solano, 2B

Jeff Samardzija, P (7-7, 3.93 ERA)

MLB rumors: Nationals 'interested in' trade for Giants' Sam Dyson

MLB rumors: Nationals 'interested in' trade for Giants' Sam Dyson

Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith are the two biggest names on the Giants that are synonymous with being moved before the July 31 trade deadline.

It appears Sam Dyson is the latest name being considered, and MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal is reporting through sources that the 31-year-old reliever could be tempting to the Washington Nationals:

Rizzo mentioned during the interview that he wants to work on improving the organization, which goes unsaid, but the Nats are dealing with a team that came into the season with high expectations. And now the team, despite being second in the NL East, are scraping by and are 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves.

So work needs to be done.

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The Nationals president of baseball operations appears to want to make it rain on some rentals with the big picture of the future on his mind. That's why he wants the control -- and with that said, he more than likely won't be dipping into his farm system.

That means, the ROI on someone of Dyson's caliber won't stick to the theme Farhan Zaidi likes with the young bucks, but the Giants president of baseball operations said he wouldn't hesitate to add someone to the roster for immediate impact.

The wait continues ...