Sunday, December 5 2021

Krukow ‘hurt’ by ugly scene after controversial NLDS ending originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The ending to Game 5 of the NLDS between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers left a sour taste in the mouths of every players, coach and fan of the Orange and Black. A controversial strike call on a check swing by Wilmer Flores brought the Giants’ season to an end, and there was an ugly scene in the aftermath as the umpires exited the field.

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow respects and understands how frustrating the finish to the game was, but did not like the vitriol he saw directed at the crew of umpires.

“I’m not going to go in that trap of falling into an abyss of what could have been because of an umpire call,” Krukow said Friday on KNBR (h/t Jake Montero). “I don’t, I’ve defended umpires all year, all my life, because I do think they are an incredible part of the game. When they left last night, fans were throwing stuff at them and that hurt me. I didn’t want to ever see that. Because I know their effort and I know how hard they try and how personally they take it.

“ (First base umpire) Gabe Morales, I’ll tell you right now was devastated when he saw the replay, I guarantee you right now. He knew he blew the call. It just didn’t seem right to sit there and dwell on that.”

Fans apparently were throwing beers at the umpires as they tried to exit the field, as NBC Sports Bay Area’s Shawn Estes explained following the game.

The national crew from TBS was on the call for Game 5, and both Ron Darling and Brian Anderson disagreed with Morales’ call.

“I didn’t think he went on the slider from Max,” TBS color commentator Ron Darling said of the non-swing that was. “Gabe Morales thought he did … Oh, boy, that’s bad. That’s bad.”

The scorecard for Game 5 home plate umpire Doug Eddings — who deferred the decision on Flores’ check swing to first base and Morales — came back strong, although several glaring calls that went against the Giants were confirmed.

RELATED: Ump scorecard from controversial Giants-Dodgers game surprising

Giants manager Gabe Kapler expressed disappointment following the 2-1 loss.

“It’s super tough,” Kapler said. “Obviously you don’t want a game to end that way. I know these guys work really hard to make the right call. It’s super challenging on our end. Obviously, it’s going to be frustrating to have a game end like that. It’s a pretty high-quality hitter at the plate that can climb back into that at-bat. There’s no guarantee of success in that at-bat, but it’s just a tough way to end it. 

“Right now there’s no need to be angry about that. I just think it’s a disappointing way for that to end. There are other reasons why we didn’t win today’s baseball game. That was just the last call of the game.”

As Kapler noted, the final strike call was not the sole reason the Giants fell short in the thrilling NLDS finale. The Giants went 0-5 with runners in scoring position, and Cody Bellinger delivered when it mattered for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning.

The Flores call always will be the most memorable part of that Game 5, but there was no reason to throw anything at or harass the umpires the way they were.

Download and follow the Giants Talk Podcast

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Red Sox vs. Astros takeaways: Offense makes Game 2 statement

Next

Los Angeles county wants Vanessa Bryant to take psychiatric exam as part of lawsuit related to Kobe's death

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Tottenham vs Norwich: How to watch, live stream, TV, team news, start time, odds, prediction

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. Tottenham vs Norwich: Spurs could find themselves 4th in the Premier League table (with a game in hand) by the end of matchweek 15, if they can beat the Canaries at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday (Watch […]

Read More

Dansby Swanson turning into a true hometown hero in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson, whose scar over his left eye is finally starting to heal, looked across the Truist Park interview room late Saturday night, trying to put it all into words without crying. Swanson, 27, was born and raised in these parts, a true Atlantan, through and through, who dreamed of this moment since […]

Read More

How to watch Warriors vs. Spurs: NBA live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds

Who’s Playing San Antonio @ Golden State Current Records: San Antonio 7-13; Golden State 19-3 What to Know The Golden State Warriors are getting right back to it as they host the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 p.m. ET Dec. 4 at Chase Center. After these two teams made easy work of their previous opponents, […]

Read More