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If Jim Joyce’s blown call during Armando Galarraga’s “almost perfect game” wasn’t enough to get MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to change his mind about instant replay in baseball, perhaps this blown call from last night’s game between the Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies will be.
After blowing a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Marlins had the opportunity to make amends in the bottom half of the inning. And with Hanley Ramirez on second base with only one out, it seemed as though they had done just that, thanks to a Gaby Sanchez hit that appeared to land just inside the third baseline. However, umpire Bob Davidson saw things differently and immediately called it a foul ball.
Upon further review, the ball was clearly fair. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to argue the call, but to no avail. The Marlins would fail to bring home Ramirez, and in the top of the 10th the Phillies took the lead and held on for the 5-4 victory.
The loss may have been a hard one to swallow for the Marlins, but it is the Atlanta Braves who should be most upset about what took place last night at Sun Life Stadium. With the win, the Phillies remain only 1.5 games back of the Braves for first in the NL East, rather than 2.5 games back, which is how things should have looked had it not been for the blown call.
Think it’s time for instant replay yet Bud?