Lagares disputes called third strike

LOS ANGELES -- Upon further review, Juan Lagares still did not care for the called third strike by plate umpire Chad Fairchild with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.

Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares

#12 CF
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM77
  • HR3

  • RBI24

  • R22

  • OBP.298

  • AVG.266

Lagares thought he walked on the full-count pitch from Ronald Belisario to force in the tying run, and replays appeared to show the pitch was outside. But Fairchild called it strike three. And when Daniel Murphy subsequently lined out to right field, the Mets had stranded the bases loaded in the seventh, trailing by a run. They went on to lose, 4-2, to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

"I got a full count, bases loaded, and am looking for something I can make a good swing on," Lagares said. "No chance at that pitch. That's what I said [to Fairchild]. I just said, 'No chance.'"

What did Fairchild reply?

"I didn't hear anything," Lagares said postgame. "I just walked to the dugout. In that situation, that's the at-bat right there. I just saw the replay right now. For me, it's outside. But there's nothing you can do about that. It's something that's going to happen."

Said Terry Collins: "I don't have a view of it. I had a lot of guys tell me it was outside. ... I'm not going to sit here and get on the umpire. We had the opportunity to score runs and we didn't put the ball in play. That's what it came down to."