The Atlanta Braves saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in controversial fashion Sunday night with a blown call at the plate and a failed replay review despite overwhelming evidence to overturn the call. The Braves naturally weren’t thrilled with the outcome and Drew Smyly summed it up best.
“We have five different angles on a nationally televised game, and it’s clear that his foot didn’t touch the plate,” Smyly said. “It’s embarrassing. Why even have replay if you’re not going to overturn that?”
Brian Snitker wasn’t as pointed as Smyly but was clearly unhappy with the call.
“It’s frustrating sometimes and that’s what I told the umpires. You know, because I got a view. I got a view on the big screen that he didn’t touch the plate. We had an angle...confirmed what I thought, he didn’t touch the plate”
Travis d’Arnaud had about as close a look as anyone and he is another player that is wondering why they even bother with a replay system if it can’t get calls correct.
“I learned over, applied the tag, blocked the plate after I caught the ball,” d’Arnaud said. “After watching the replay, it looked like his foot didn’t touch the bag from any angle we saw. Afterward I saw more angles and it didn’t look like his foot touched the plate”
“What’s the pointing of having it,” d’Arnaud added when asked about the replay system. “It just slows the game down. I’d rather not have it if they can’t get it right.”
It was a frustrating outcome that ended up overshadowing another monster night for Ronald Acuña Jr. who added three more hits including his fourth home run of the season. They will have to put all of that behind them quickly as they will open a four-game series against the Miami Marlins Monday night.
Huascar Ynoa will start Monday’s series opener against the Marlins and will remain in the rotation through at least through the Cubs series over the weekend.
Chipper Jones scouted Mariners outfield prospect Taylor Trammell when he was in high school. Jones was one of the first to congratulate Trammell on social media when he recorded his first major league hit earlier this season.
Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman wasn’t happy with the decision to begin Sunday’s game against the Marlins in a steady rain. Stroman tossed just nine pitches before the game was stopped. The delay lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes before it was suspended and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on August 31.
Rays right-hander Brent Honeywell Jr. made his long awaited Major League debut Sunday tossing two perfect innings against the New York Yankees. Honeywell last pitched in a minor league game in September of 2017, four elbow surgeries later, he completed his comeback.
The New York Yankees traded infielder Their Estrada to the San Francisco Giants Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Estrada was designated for assignment Tuesday to make room for Rougned Odor on the 40-man roster.
Prior to Sunday’s game in Atlanta, the Phillies placed reliever Archie Bradley on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain. Philadelphia recalled JoJo Romero to take Bradley’s place on the active roster.
Bad news for the Angels who will be without outfielder Dexter Fowler for the remainder of the season after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee. Fowler was injured while attempting to slide into second base in Friday’s game against the Blue Jays.
Padres starter Adrian Morejon left his start Sunday after just two thirds of an inning due to what was described as a forearm or elbow strain.
The Detroit Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera on the injured list Sunday due to a left biceps strain. The Tigers selected to contract of former Orioles infielder Renato Nunez to take Cabrera’s spot on the roster.
The Blue Jays are planning to activate left-hander Robbie Ray from the injured list in time to make Monday’s start against the Yankees.