Ump’s missed crucial calls cost the Giants a dramatic loss to the original, originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Prior to a three-run Atlanta Braves rally late in the ninth Wednesday, the Giants were 32-0 up in the lead after eight innings.
Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers couldn’t hold it together, but they certainly didn’t get any help.
Pat Hoberg is one of the best umpires in the league, and he generally had a good zone on Wednesday, but the calls he missed had a big impact on a one-point game. Hoberg missed a few calls in the ninth, potentially stopping the Giants from continuing and then hurting them as the Braves rallied.
Late-inning close calls got more attention in the moment, but a miss call on Austin Wynns was also important.
Wynns thought he had walked to load the bases from Austin Slater, but AJ Minter’s 97mph inside fastball was ruled third, ending the inning and leaving the Giants with a two lead. points. They would eventually give that back pretty quickly.
Jake McGee allowed a solo home run to Dansby Swanson, then gave up a few singles before allowing Rogers a draw. Twice thought he hit Orlando Arcia on high sliders, but both were set balls.
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Arcia ended up knocking, but it was down 3-2, and Williams Contreras stole second place. He scored the winning run when the next hitter, Adam Duvall, singled to center.
According to the Ump Scorecard tracker, Hoberg is the third-most accurate ball and batting umpire in baseball, but the Giants probably didn’t feel that way when they took the bus back to their hotel after the loss to Wednesday.
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