OAKLAND -- Craig Gentry, Jed Lowrie and Derek Norris teamed up for a perfect relay to cut down Melky Cabrera in the eighth inning of Saturday's 5-1 A's victory, and Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is not happy about it.
Cabrera reacted as though he scored untagged, prompting a replay review. But the video clearly shows Norris tagging Cabrera in his neck/head area before he touched home plate, and after a two minute and 30 second delay, the out call was confirmed.
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Bautista had this to say following the game, courtesy of SportsNet.ca:
“(Norris) missed (Cabrera) by a good foot or two,” he said. “I don’t really know which replay they were looking at but clearly they must have had a different video feed than the one we had. It’s pretty frustrating for you to battle as a team, keep the game close, for our pitchers to be doing what they’re doing, for us to keep grinding through games and facing some touch pitching and somehow be able to tie the game in the eighth inning, it all goes down the drain because somebody first, initially, made a bad call to begin with. And then it gets upheld by god knows who, in some room in New York supposedly.
“This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re doing.”