Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/12

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The Orioles missed tying Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees by inches when umpires ruled that a fly ball hit by left fielder Nate McLouth was foul.
McLouth was batting in the top of the sixth with the Orioles down 1-0 went he blasted a 3-1 pitch deep down the right field line. The ball seemed to be foul, but then it started curving toward the pole at the last second.
The initial call by right field umpire was that the ball was foul. The umpires gathered to review on the play using instant replay, and let the original call on the field stand.
Later in the game, TBS sideline reporter Craig Sager says he spoke with an usher who believed the ball “nicked” the foul pole.
Replays were inconclusive, but after seeing zoomed-in, spot-shadowed looks on TBS’ postgame show, I believe it did touch the pole. The trajectory of the ball changed as it got to the pole:
Instead of being tied 1-1, the Orioles remained down 1-0 and didn’t get on the board until the eighth inning. They lost the game 3-1, and the Yankees advanced to the ALCS.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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