The umpires missed a call during the fourth inning of Game 3 of the World Series Saturday night that led to a big inning for the Cardinals. With Albert Pujols at first, Matt Holliday grounded a ball to short. Elvis Andrus made the putout by flipping to Ian Kinsler at second, who threw to first for the double play. Kinsler’s throw pulled Mike Napoli off the bag, but the first baseman managed to tag Holliday.
One problem: Umpire Ron Kulpa didn’t see the tag and called Holliday safe.
The Cards ended up with a runner on first and one out instead of nobody on and two outs.
The next five batters reached base (one on a throwing error by Napoli), and the Cardinals scored four runs. You can say that the Rangers made plenty of mistakes after the blown call, but it’s extremely difficult to have outs taken away when you’re in the World Series.
As we’ve said many times before, baseball needs instant replay so they can review plays like this to ensure accuracy.
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Tagged with: 2011 MLB Playoffs • instant replay • Matt Holliday