Friday, September 27, 2013
Remember that A's-Indians game from May?
By David Schoenfield
Reader Chris Campbell reminded me on Twitter of the controversial Oakland-Cleveland game from May. You remember that one? That was the game when Adam Rosales hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning off Chris Perez. Except the umps missed it. Even with the aid of instant replay, Angel Hernandez, the crew chief that day, failed to see what everyone else saw: Rosales' ball clear the fence.
Rosales was awarded a double and Cleveland held on to win 4-3. As Oakland manager Bob Melvin said in his postgame screed, "Inclusive ... to the only four people in the ballpark who could say it was inclusive. Everybody else said it was a home run. ... I'm at a complete loss." (Here's the video of Melvin and the home run/double.)
Well, the ramifications of that game are really being felt now -- although, keep in mind Oakland wouldn't have necessarily won since Rosales' hit would have just tied the game.
The Indians, of course, are just a game ahead of the Rangers for the second wild card. Turn that game into a loss and they're tied. The A's are two games behind the Red Sox and one ahead of the Tigers in the standings, so the playoff seedings could potentially be affected, as well.
If the Rangers do fall one game short, the Indians should send a playoff share to Hernandez.