Sunday, August 2, 2015

Umps need to do better in Game 2

Umps need to do better in Game 2


One missed element to Wednesday’s one-sided Phillies victory: The umpires had a really bad day.

With the game scoreless in the second, third base umpire Ron Kulpa called Yorvit Torrealba out at third as he tried to advance on a fly-out to rightfield. Replays showed Torrealba well ahead of Jayson Werth’s throw.

The Phillies got another break when Cliff Lee appeared to be picked off at second. Jerry Meals either did not see Troy Tulowitzki brush Lee’s front leg as he came back to the bag standing, or ruled he did not make contact. That one was closer.

Jimmy Rollins appeared to have beat the throw after Rockies second baseman Clint Barnes bobbled his two-out ground ball in the sixth inning. Had first-base umpire Bob Davidson madde the right call, Raul Ibanez would have scored from third with the sixth run, Carlos Ruiz would have reached third, with the meat of the Phillies order coming up.

The oddity is that none of the calls involved the wind or the sun.

Here’s hoping they do better today.

Daily News Sports Columnist
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