Ho hum. Another game and another loss for the Blue Jays, as they fell 2-1 in San Francisco against the Giants. (Uh oh, have I really reached the ‘ho hum’ stage of this season already?! It’s only the start of June.)
While it was good news to see Josh Johnson pitch well in his return to the Jays rotation (6 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings), he was also involved in a controversial call during the sixth inning:
Heck, even the Giants commentators had no idea why Johnson was called out, and we all know how biased home broadcast teams can be. Let’s dissect this sucker ‘Zapruder film style’, starting with a close up GIF of the play:
It’s still inclusive from that angle, meaning you could theoretically give the umpire the benefit of the doubt.
Admittedly, this next shot seems to show Scutaro getting there just before Johnson:
However, the following still gives a different perception. While you can’t actually see where Johnson’s hand is, it raises the question of if Scutaro even touched second base:
Apart from this, you have to ask if Scutaro ever actually had control of the baseball?
Now, I appreciate this is only one call in a game which featured some sloppy play from the Blue Jays defence. But, it still seems worthy of questioning, especially when you lose by just one run.
Overall, this is just another indication of everything going wrong for the Jays this season and seemingly not even being able to catch even one flipping break. (When do the Argonauts start playing again?)
Photo credits: http://www.reddit.com/r/baseball
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