Ump: I saw Beltran's ball go foul

June, 2, 2012
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To start the sixth, Carlos Beltran, in his first game back since leaving the Mets last year, scorched a shot down the line. A replay showed Beltran hit the white chalk on the third base line. Umpire Adrian Johnson ruled it a foul ball and Beltran ended up grounding out.

“I saw the ball hitting outside the line, just foul,” Johnson said to a reporter after the game.

Johnson said he saw the replay.

So what did you think?

"No comment," Johnson said

After the missed call, Cardinals third base coach, Jose Oquendo argued and looked as if he might have even bumped Johnson.

"I have no recollection of that," Johnson said.

What was your discussion about with Oquendo?

"It was about the yelling from the dugout," Johnson said of the Cardinals, who had a right to complain.

However you look at it, Johnson is now a part of Mets' lore.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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