Awful Called Strike By Angel Hernandez In World Baseball Classic – VIDEO
Watch this video of the terrible called strike by umpire Angel Hernandez, during a Pool 2 game between the United States and the Dominican Republic on Thursday night at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
The game was tied, 1-1, in the top half of the ninth inning, with the Dominican Republic hitting, with one out, and Nelson Cruz on third base.
Pinch-hitter Erick Aybar was at the plate, hitting against United States pitcher Craig Kimbrel, when Hernandez, the home plate umpire, butchered a call, as he called a strike on a pitch way outside.
Now, you judge the pitch on where it crosses the plate, and not where the catcher catches it, but it was so far outside that U.S. catcher J.P. Arencibia caught it in the right-handed hitte's batters box.
Eybar, rightfully so, was beside himself, protesting the call. But to his credit, he had a short memory, as he lined the next pitch into right filed for a base hit, scoring Cruz, to give his team a 2-1.
The Dominican Republic added one more run, and went on to win 2-1, sending them into the semifinals.
The Americans will be in action, in an elimination game, as they take on Puerto Rico on Friday night.