Friday, January 28 2022

Did he swing?

It will be a question asked for years to come and debated for a lifetime.

First base umpire Gabe Morales rang up San Francisco Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores on a check swing, third strike to end Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in dramatic fashion.

Morales addressed the call after the game: “The plate umpire appealed the check swing to me, I thought he went, so I called it a swing.”

When asked if he saw the replay after the game, Morales said he did.

Did he feel the same way?

“Check swings are one of the hardest calls we have,” Morales said. “I don’t have the benefit of multiple camera angles when I’m watching it live. When it happened live I thought he went, so that’s why I called it a swing.”

Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores reacts after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning.Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores reacts after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning.

Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores reacts after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning.

It ends up as a controversial call, with the Dodgers advancing to the NL Championship Series to face the Atlanta Braves, beginning Saturday.

“It’s super tough,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler of the call. “Obviously you don’t want a game to end that way … there’s no guarantee of success in that at-bat, but it’s just a tough way to end it.”

The Giants, hoping for a walk-off win, faced three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Giants center fielder Kris Bryant reached first base on a fielding error by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Scherzer then struck out pinch-hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. on five pitches for the second out.

Down to their last chance, Scherzer tossed an 89.7 mph slider past Flores, who was called out on a check swing heard ’round the world, sending the 107-win Giants home for the winter.

After the game, Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts was honest when asked about the call.

“I didn’t think he went,” he said in a TBS interview. “But I’m not the one who makes the decisions. It is what it is.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Wilmer Flores check swing strike three ends Dodgers-Giants NLDS Game 5

Source: Yahoo Sports


Dodgers' belief in Gavin Lux paying rich dividends


Commentary: Mookie Betts turns 'Beat L.A.' chants into 'Repeat L.A.' shouts with clutch Game 5

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.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

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

PHT Morning Skate: Flyers’ want to ‘aggressively retool’; Lundqvist on Fallon

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports. • It’s more of plan to “aggressively retool” than a rebuild for the Flyers. [NBC Sports Philadelphia] • Jeff Carter signs a two-year extension with the […]

Read More

United States men’s national soccer team Concacaf World Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador: Live stream and TV info, USMNT roster

The USMNT continues its quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup when it takes on El Salvador at Field in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday night. Columbus has long been a comfortable home venue for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The USMNT has a 8-1-2 record in World Cup qualifiers played in Columbus, […]

Read More

Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star upgraded to ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s game vs. Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers could be getting a major piece back very soon. All-Star forward Anthony Davis has been officially upgraded to questionable for the Lakers contest against the Heat in Miami on Sunday. His final status will be determined prior to tip time, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. Davis has been out of the […]

Read More