Blown Call Hurts Yankees In Game 2 [VIDEO]
An awful call by second base umpire Jeff Nelson was a killer for the New York Yankees on Sunday.
I believe this is example #783,154 of why Major League Baseball needs instant replay. It’s 2012 for cryin’ out loud. Use technology, baseball!! New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano clearly tagged out Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante during Game 2 of the ALCS. Second base umpire Jeff Nelson totally blew the call. He incorrectly ruled Infante safe as the Tigers went on to tack on two runs in the inning.
Infante should’ve been the third out of the inning. Instead, the Tigers scored two runs in the 8th inning thanks to singles by Avisail Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers went on to win the game 3-0. The Detroit Tigers now have a 2-0 series lead over the Yankees.
Manager Joe Girardi campaigned for more uses of instant replay to be implement in the game. “In this day and age, when we have instant replay available to us, it’s got to change,” Girardi said after the game. I agree, Joe. I actually couldn’t agree more.
Sure, the Yankees only managed four hits in 31 at bats against the Tigers on Sunday. There’s a good chance that the Yankees would have still lost to the Tigers if the blown call by Nelson never occurred. However, anything can happen in a one-run ball game. You simply can’t give a team like the Tigers extra outs. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday thanks to a brutal call.
It’s basically a do or die situation for the Yankees on Tuesday night. The Yankees will face the Tigers in Game 3 in Detroit trailing the series 2-0. Pregame coverage beings at 7:30pm ET on Tuesday evening. The game will begin at 8:07pm ET on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio.
Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts "The Noe Show" weekdays from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.