Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Video: Athletics furious after umpires fail to overturn controversial call

By most accounts, the Oakland A's got robbed Wednesday.

Down to their final out, and trailing 4-3 to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, A's hitter Adam Rosales got a hold of a pitch from Indians reliever Chris Perez and lifted the ball high and deep toward the left field wall.

The ball initially appeared to clear the fence before bouncing back on the field. Rosales stopped at second base with a confused look on his face as the umpires ruled the batted ball a double.

Naturally, this brought A's manager Bob Melvin out to argue the call, which persuaded the umpires to go take another look via television replays. The replays clearly show that the ball bounced off a railing over the fence and should have been ruled a home run.

Unfortunately, the umps didn't think so and declined to overturn the call. This sparked Melvin to go confront the umpiring crew one more time before eventually getting ejected.

Oakland staged a rally by loading the bases, but their effort ended up being short, as Perez induced John Jaso to hit a comebacker for the final out. Thus, sending the A's players and coaches back to the clubhouse feeling pretty dejected, and understandably so.


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