Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/24/14

Via Larry Brown Sports:

The Yankees were hurt by a brutal call during the eighth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Tigers on Sunday that cost them two runs in a 3-0 loss.

Tigers second baseman Omar Infante was advancing from first to second on a two-out single to right by Austin Jackson. The throw into second caught Infante too far off the base, and Robinson Cano tagged him out. Unfortunately, second base umpire Jeff Nelson called Infante safe, keeping the inning going for Detroit.

The next better was pinch-hitter Avisail Cabrera, who blooped a single to right to score Infante and make it 2-0. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to replace pitcher Boone Logan, and was ejected after arguing with Nelson about the awful call.

Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to score Jackson, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They eventually got out of a bases loaded jam and escaped down just 3-0, but not before the blown call cost them two runs.

Girardi was ticked off about the call after the loss.

“It’s frustrating. I don’t have a problem with Jeff [Nelson's] effort. I don’t, because he hustled to get to the point. But in this day and age, when we have instant replay available to us, it’s got to change,” said Girardi.

“These guys are under a tremendous amount of pressure. It’s a tough call for him because the tag is underneath and it’s hard for him to see. It takes more time for me to argue and get upset than to get the call right. There’s just too much at stake.

“We play 235 days to get to this point. We had two calls go against us. We lost a game by one run [in Game 1], and I’m not saying if Robbie Cano is safe last night then it changes the game. The outcome still might be the same, but I’d like to take my chances.

“There’s a lot more pressure on a pitcher when it’s 1-0 in the eighth inning than when it’s 3-0. I’d like to take my chances,” he repeated.

Nelson admitted after the game that he got the call wrong.

“The hand did not get in before the tag, the call was incorrect,” he said, per MLB.

About the only comforting thing we can say to Yankees fans is that maybe this blown call was karma for the Nate McLouth foul ball in the ALDS.

 

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18 Comments:
  • I understand that the umps get one look at it and it's live, but HOW THE HELL COULD YOU POSSIBLY CALL HIM SAFE!!!!!!???
  • Human element!! that is what makes the game so great. I understand he blew it and he blew it big time, but that isnt the first nor the last time that will happen.
    Havent the Yankess had a few favors gone their way over the years? should Baseball go back and take titles away from them and other teams?
  • It would take no time at all for an official in the booth to review the play and flash an 'O' on the scorebard for overturned or a 'U' for upheld just like an official scorer posts an 'H' for a hit or an 'E' for an error. There's too much money riding on these games not to get it right. The manager can be held to just 2 challenges per game, and if you use one and get it wrong you don't get the second one. So for all those who feel it would slow the game down they'd be wrong. The manager and ump spend more time arguing than it would take to just get it right. Besides, any ump with any integrity would want to be sure the right call is made and they would be the first to admit that they miss calls at times because they're only human. Instant replay has not hurt football and it would not hurt baseball. Hell the game already has it for homeruns and fair or foul down the lines, what's the big deal if it's used for close plays at the bag.
  • Yes it was a blown call and no it didn't cost the Yankees the game, Detroit had a 1-0 lead before this call. The Yankess blew the game themselves by not scoring a run. I knew someone in the media would bring up this blown call and act like it cost the Yankees the game.
  • Please leep in mind that per a statement made by Bud Selig when Armondo Gallaragha had a perfect game taken away from him on a not so bang bang play. The human element is part of baseball.
    While I agree reply should be used a little more but for what and how often? fact is NY did not score any runs so the 1-0 score going into the 8th was still enough to win. NY had to approach the bottom of the 8th and 9th the same as they did in the bottom of the 7th to try and score runs and they didn't score at all. So this missed call is not the reason they lost
  • I agree 100%, leave the human element in Baseball and yes the Yankees still would have lost 1-0. So stop the Crying and Play ball!!
  • This article is pretty funny, but very predictable. First off Detroit gets no respect at all, and the boring Yankee friendly broadcast from TBS was shameful at best. These guy's sounded like there dog was ran over by a car, it was pitiful! Having said that I did notice that the game 2 guy's (not sure if they were the same) did start to give Detroit a little credit.

    "Blown call costs Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS" Really? I taught is was the fact that the Yankee's didn't score a run, (just like game one until our sorry closer came in). Eventually that was mentioned later in the article, but the headline was a joke! The play mentioned in this article was an obvious blown call. I'm assuming the ump was over the player and not at ground level (like the camera shot) and didn't see the tag. But the play it self was an over run of the base, it wasn't like it was a direct play, or part of a double play or something. The Tiger player already had second and wasn't paying attention and didn't get back in time, but the hit was a hit and he had already had second. This article is making it seem as if it was a play at the plate. I know if the teams were reversed in this scenario this writer would be making my argument.
  • I agree, the headline to this article is a joke and my respect for yardbarker has been diminished. This article also fails to make the Yankees accountable for needing only one out to end the inning but failed to do so. Give credit where credit is due. The Tigers have dominated the Yanks in every phase of the game not counting the Valverde meltdown in game one.
  • Uhhhhhh. The Tigers had already scored more runs than the Yank's would in that game before the missed call...... Ump at the plate made up for any missed calls on the field! (in the Yankees favor)
  • Thank you. Excellent point.
  • You can't say that play cost the Yankees the game. Yes, it was a bad call. But, no one can predict the future and say what would have happened if the runner had been called out. You can only assume. And what happens when you assume? We all know. It may have ended up 6 - 0 or something or worse.
  • hahahahahaahahahaha
  • It was a bad call. Cano's glove is clearly sliding down Infantes chest and belly before the runners right hand reaches the base. Jeff Nelson was possitioned correctly to make the right call. He just missed it.
    Benjamin Quiñones
    bengieq12@gmail.com
  • Whatever. It was a bang-bang play, and New York was losing anyway. If certain uber-millionaires on that team weren't in 0 for 28 slumps, being benched, or not flirting w/ cute hot-dog vendors, maybe they'd need more than a call to go their way to avoid being down 2-0. What was their excuse when Verlander kept them at two singles from Ichiro in Game 3, a blown strike call in the 4th?

    The umps did this rotten team a favor against Baltimore, now they want to pout and whine w/ the shoe on the other foot? And I love how every time somethihng goes against teams like New York, that's all the headlines show. "Yankees fail to get a hit or reach base against extremely lucky opponent pitcher, aided by blown call during first-pitch ceremonies."
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