Bad Call Sends Boston Back

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Home plate umpire Jerry Meals ejects Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

It was surely a game to remember.  David Price made history, John Farrell was ejected and the rain delay caused quite a stir in the already riled crowd at Fenway Park July 29.  Umpire Jerry Meals, after the game, admittedly posed he made the wrong call when Daniel Nava slid into home plate after Brandon Snyder hit a fly ball.  Daniel tagged up and easily slid his foot under Ray’s catcher Jose Molina to tie the game 2-2.  Unfortunately, the call was made which cost the Red Sox first place.  You wonder why John Farrell was so distraught?!

I didn’t see the play, nor hear it on the radio (I stopped watching when the rain hit), but upon wakening I too was disturbed by such a fowl call.  After all, it was a very important game for the Red Sox to remain in the top seat. Already, things weren’t going so well for the Sox with both Felix Dubront and David Price on the mound, and the call by Meals just added to the chaos. Although this may be, there were stellar performances made by both teams, including Shane Victorino with his great defensive plays in center field, rookie Brandon Snyder with his homerun (perhaps the shortest homerun in MLB history, so they say), and rookie Jose Delatoria who struck out the side in the top of the sixth.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, July 29, 2013It was the inevitable 27 year old David Price, the Sox couldn’t get passed with the exception of Snyder’s homerun. Over the course of seven innings his pitch count was a mere 82, whereas 62 of them were strikes.  Dubront, on the other hand, had a troubled night on the mound. As the fifth inning painstakingly ended he had already thrown 116 pitches. The Red Sox bullpen was aflame with Jose Delatoria and Drake Britton warming up for the remaining innings.

Looking back,  it was an exciting game to say the least.  We still have nine weeks to go and we can’t give up hope because of one bad call (although I do think Jerry Meals should get his eyes checked). We have to praise those who performed well, including David Price (you can’t deny his talent, maybe being on the DL was a good thing for him), and move on.  This is what happens when there are two great teams playing against one another.  Someone has to lose and someone has to win. It’s just a matter of luck (in this case) as well as whose having a good/bad day on the field.  Congratulations to David Price for making history!

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