Umpire Jeff Nelson’s error on Omar Infante call costs Yankees (Video)

The Yankees were hurt by a brutal call during the eighth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Tigers on Sunday that cost them two runs in a 3-0 loss.

Tigers second baseman Omar Infante was advancing from first to second on a two-out single to right by Austin Jackson. Right fielder Nick Swisher threw into second to catch Infante off the base, and Robinson Cano tagged him out. Unfortunately, second base umpire Jeff Nelson called Infante safe, keeping the inning going for Detroit.

The next better was pinch-hitter Avisail Cabrera, who blooped a single to right to score Infante and make it 2-0. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to replace pitcher Boone Logan, and was ejected after arguing with Nelson about the awful call.

Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to score Jackson, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They eventually got out of a bases loaded jam and escaped down just 3-0, but not before the blown call cost them two runs.

Girardi was ticked off about the call after the loss.

“It’s frustrating. I don’t have a problem with Jeff [Nelson's] effort. I don’t, because he hustled to get to the point. But in this day and age, when we have instant replay available to us, it’s got to change,” said Girardi.

“These guys are under a tremendous amount of pressure. It’s a tough call for him because the tag is underneath and it’s hard for him to see. It takes more time for me to argue and get upset than to get the call right. There’s just too much at stake.

“We play 235 days to get to this point. We had two calls go against us. We lost a game by one run [in Game 1], and I’m not saying if Robbie Cano is safe last night then it changes the game. The outcome still might be the same, but I’d like to take my chances.

“There’s a lot more pressure on a pitcher when it’s 1-0 in the eighth inning than when it’s 3-0. I’d like to take my chances,” he repeated.

Nelson admitted after the game that he got the call wrong.

“The hand did not get in before the tag, the call was incorrect,” he said, per MLB.

About the only comforting thing we can say to Yankees fans is that maybe this blown call was karma for the Nate McLouth foul ball in the ALDS.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OA5K6L262CBWSZI3CAZ6QAW2RM DavidM

    Regarding the Tigers and Yankees game tonight, your “analysts” and play be play announcer were ridiculous on the television.I was really embarrassed for them.  The so called missed call at second base was a correct call.  Viewers in America have DVRs or rewind on the television, fyi.If you had responsible play callers who were not biased they may care to look at the slo-motion.The right foot was not on the second base when he tagged the player.  Do a freeze frame and it is black and white obvious. All of America can see this on their television, but your irresponsible announcers for the play by play are either bias, or incompetent in their profession.Give me a break

  • SpinMax

    It’s windy out

  • winup

     His  foot does not have to be on the bag,its not a force out its a tag play.Know the rules before you talk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QX4NWMDDEVY2NTBBY3RBRGF6NM squeaker…

    DavidM, I feel embarrassed for you actually.  You obviously know little or nothing about baseball.  That is not a a force play—no foot has to be on the bag when the tag is made.  READ THE STORY ABOVE, the umpire admitted he made a bad call…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196194483 Kevin Mercado

    Baseball teams need to start using their stadium monitors to replay bad call made by Umpires to the whole crowd ,so that way ump have  no choice but to start paying attention to plays instead of just making A-HOLE calls .

  • James Chris

    I couldn’t  fukin beleive it when I saw it…Horrible fukin call!!!  How can you be that out of position??!  What are these, replacement umpires and shittt?? Girardi is right…we do need instant replay for certain situations, and plays, especially in the post season.  THIS jerk may have cost us the goddam season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.cobr Bill Cobra

    The Yankees are horrible offensively, they don’t need help from an obvious blind umpire (Jeff Nelson)!. This has got to be the worst call in MLB history. The Yankees should protest the game, not that it would change anything, but the blind or perhaps jaded umpire needs to be disciplined by the MLB and the Umpires Union. This sort of blatant miscall cannot be tolerated.

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    Typical Bush League Yankee whiner.  Your team is old and can’t score runs.  Zero runs means no victory.  Got it?  Another A-Dud, From Roid Boy.

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    Worst call in MLB history?  Hahahahaha!

  • James Chris

     PLUS… the game wasnt over yet. What are you talkin bout??… it would have remained 1-0,  than maybe we would have gotten something going. Thats not totally impossible for us to do. That GODDAM PLAY COST US 2 more runs!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RG4NKKSR3FYLEMFFR6Z7U7JCLI ROBERTR

    I’m sorry but people that don’t understand baseball should not be  criticizing others. The call was grossly missed but even being a huge Yankee fan, the bigger problem is the utter lack of clutch hitting.

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    The Yankees were never going to solve the amazing arm of Phil (Used To Be A Yankee) Coke.  How’s that Joba Rules thing working for ya?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHK4NJA7RWI4INULFNRAH7GWGI Greg B

    Yankees would have lost anyway.  Announcers are biased.
    Romney Ryan 2012

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    It was funny to see all those empty seats in that bandbox today.  The fans were about as interested as the players.  

  • 2miller64

    Stop complaining about this call. Where were you when the Orioles were robbed of a home run that dinged the foul pole. How convenient your memory loss is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beblack99 Charles Williams

    OK Yankee fans stop the crying, we will take the two runs off the board and oops we still beat cha by 1, sorry excuse just blaim it on the ump and not the lack of your team not hitting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673532436 Christopher Frederick

     Ummmmm… his foot doesn’t have to be on the base. Probably a good idea to know the rules of the game before posting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.mancuso.52 Joseph Mancuso

    Besides the poor play offenseably for the Yankees-The announcers upset me by rehasing thier history or history of others SHUT THE f—k up and announce the game 

  • Duffinator

    WOW! Speaking of embarrassed…
    Like a penny waiting for change…

  • stopkidding

    This call was not costly the Yankees the game. I am so  tired of hearing this and so tired of every reporter and every TV station with their noses so far up the *sses of the Yankees. I am so tired of the excuses why the Yankees lost. They lost because they deserved to,  not because of one call. When the call was made, it was 1-0. The Yankees did not score after the call. The call would have ended the inning and the Yankees would have lost 1-0. What is costly to the Yankees is their multi-million dollar juicer/man-whore Stray-Rod and the rest of their high-profile, high-dollar players who COULD NOT hit the ball. I’ll say it again: COULD NOT HIT THE BALL. So they Yankees get one call they don’t like. How many hundreds of calls are made in favor of the Yankees to hose other teams? The Tigers pitchers prevailed in spite of the umpire missing many pitches that were strikes, and not calling 3 Yankee players out on checked swings. The Tigers beat the Yankees, give them credit for winning and beating them instead of trying to find excuses why the Yankees lost.

  • Joseph Reichard

    You still lost the game whether it was 1-0 or 3-0 the yankees didn’t score so they lost the game 

  • Jeff Young

    Two things: 1) The clearly bad call may or may not have made a difference – but we’ll never know. However, a 1-0 ball game is very different than a 3-0 ball game. A pitcher can be more at ease knowing if he gives up a solo HR it doesn’t hurt him. He pitches more freely. Regardless, it gave a significant advantage to the Tigers. 2) for Mr. Brown: on the Karma comment about McClouth’s foul ball – that’s just erroneous. You can know the ball was foul in the close up picks. Ernie “Goofy” Johnson just missed it. When you look at the close up of the ball passing the foul poll, look at the height of the ball relative to the stands. It lines up just above the lighted scoreboard on the middle tier stands. But, when you watch the other angle replay (which lines up more parallel rather than perpendicular with the ball and the foul pole) – at that height, the ball is about 2 feet to the right of the foul pole – clearly in foul territory – as it descended past the pole. The announcers & everyone else missed using this obvious concept of putting both angles and videos together to see the point. The ball never touched it. No Karma here. Maybe Karma from something else, but none related to the correct call on the McClouth foul ball. Let’s just end that nonsense right here. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Spero/100000208592110 Frank Spero

    gosh a real tiger fan sticking up for us poor OLD yanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Spero/100000208592110 Frank Spero

    gret solution to playback let the animals RULE baybe they will beat the piss out of some of these fool pompus asshole umpires who think they are god on the field

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Spero/100000208592110 Frank Spero

    kevin f…k y…o its call too obvious that they are not hitting but before they get thier heads out of their asses we don’t need you to tell us about a-dud roid boy thats getting tired

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Spero/100000208592110 Frank Spero

    why you fu…k..g asshole WATCH THE REPLAY

  • LAN13

     Dude, you didn’t score ANY runs.  The call was wrong, but how could it ‘cost you the game’ if you never scored a run?  3-0, 1-0 – you lose either way.

  • steve4redsox

    I am nota NYY fan but are you kidding me? You rewound that play on a DVR and were. Able to go frame to. Frame and yet you conclude. The call was correct. Either you are blind, i.e. literally cannot see or you are blind by your love of the Tigers. BTW what does tCano’s rigt foot have to do with the tag? His feet could be it the outfield and if he tags Infante prior to Infante getting back to the base then Infante is out.Either way you are just wrong Infante was out by plenty and I can’t believe the umpire blew such an obvious call. Of course he has to make the call at full speed but when it is that obvious there is no excuse.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P6OZTT6ZDDENKSCWHXYAKSE6XA s37en

    look at these yankees fans crying. LMFAO. yankees have been on the reciving side of WAY to many blow calls in post season. this only makes it about 1 against the yankkes to 25 for the yankees. here is  to seeing more “blown” call against the yankees. GO tigers. the better team will win.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P6OZTT6ZDDENKSCWHXYAKSE6XA s37en

    yankees got jobbed finally only took about 25 calls there way to recieve one for other team. go eat a dick, baltimore shoudl be there anyways.

  • Brklyn D

    I think that if Cano would have come up showing the ball in his mitt and showing that his hand was under Infante, he might have gotten the call, but instead he laid on the ground looking like he might have missed the tag. I’m a Yankee fan of over 55 years, but Cano [and a few others] has got to get his head into the game and Play Heads -Up Ball. This is Playoff time, if you want to go on vacation, ask to be kept off the roster!!

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    Nothing is more fun than beating the Yankees, then watching them whine.  Once they go home for the winter, it’ll be even better.  Man, what a Bush League organization.

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    The Yankees did nothing before the call and nothing after.  They brought pitcher after pitcher into the game, when in all probability, they should have kept Kuroda in the game.  Overmanaging and whining.  Yankee staples.  

  • YankeeEagle7

    Bunch of Yankees Haters!…No Crying in Baseball! Regardless of what happends the Yankees are still the Greatest Baseball Team Ever!!!

  • Kevin_Indianapolis

    A guy rounded 2nd, tried to get back to the bag.  Should have been called out.  Oh well.  Get the next guy.  Or the next one.  Nope.  Better to whine.  It’s the Yankee way.

  • steve4redsox


    Actually there were two calls reversed in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS that went against the NYY. They were both correct when reversed but those two calls helped the Red Sox towin that game and series. The first was a Belhorn HR to LF early in the game that was originally ruled off the wall. It clearly hit a fan in the stands and biunced back on the field, the umpires got together and changed the ruling. The second was the big one. With Jeter on first ARod hit one between 1b amend the mound Arroyo picked it up and went to tag ARod but ARod swiped at his glove and knocked the ball loose . The 1b ump called him safe and he advanced to 2b, Jeter to 3b with one out and ailing 4-2 ( Jeter’s 1b had knocked in Cairo from 2b) and they were rallying. Once again the umpires got together called ARod out for interference and sent Jeter back to 1b. That rally then fizzled and the Red Sox won the game 4-2. And easily won game 7 for the series. It seemed like that was the first time ever that the Red Sox got the calls vs the NYY. But the truth is bad calls happen all the time the Red Sox were lucky to have them overturned. They got both calls correct but Yankee Stadium definitely erupted on the interference call and the field was lined with NYC cops and security.

  • Traumatizer

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here’s your kleenex Frankie.