MLB Playoffs: Terrible umpire marking leads to second Dodgers HR vs. Yu Darvish

After veteran southpaw ace Clayton Kershaw escaped a huge jam in the top of the second inning, Max Muncy he wanted to make sure his starting pitcher could pitch ahead in Game 2 of the NL Division Series.

Muncy led off the bottom of the second inning with another smashing home run off a Yu Darvish breaking pitch, this time to right field. Although Muncy was the one who pulled the trigger to hit the dangling broken ball, I shouldn’t even have had the chance to do it. Here the video:

On an 0-2 count, Darvish threw a 69 mph looping curveball that broke right in the middle of the plate. What should have been the third strike was ruled as a ball by the main ampayita, Chris Segal, giving Muncy more health to launch the buff blast. Darvish and manager Bob Melvin were very upset and nearly ate the judge alive.

Dodgers fans certainly won’t be complaining about this missed call against the Padres. Look, we all know that ampayeo is not perfect and that robotic ampayers are coming in the near future. The Dodgers have gotten a lot of calls throughout the postseason that haven’t gone well, so it’s nice to have a break in the team’s favor.

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At the end of the day, Darvish still had plenty of chances to take out Muncy, as he was ahead 1-2 in the count. He couldn’t do it and, instead, he decided to throw a hanging broken ball to the lefty while hitting with two strikes. Probably not a great idea. It doesn’t matter if the Dodgers win by just one run or win by five, Padres fans will continue to blame this one call as the reason they lost. The board is 3-3- in the fourth high inning.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB Playoffs: Terrible umpire marking leads to second Dodgers HR vs. Yu Darvish