SAN FRANCISCO – Two controversial umpire calls nearly cost the Giants in Saturday’s 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies, and they left manager Bruce Bochy feeling even more strongly about the need for expanded instant replay.
In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Belt broke from third base on Brandon Crawford’s grounder to second. He seemed to slide into home ahead of the tag by the Rockies’ Yorvit Torrealba, but home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez called him out, and it kept the score tied 4-4.
An inning later, Marco Scutaro was called out at third base even though replays showed Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado appeared to miss the tag on him. Marquez was covering third on that call and ruled him out.
Bochy argued vehemently after the second play and earned his second ejection of the season. But afterward, the Giants manager was more concerned about the play at home.
“That’s why I’m a proponent of review of plays at the plate,” Bochy said. “It’s a tough read sometimes, there’s a lot going on. It’s such a critical call. … You’re gonna have calls that you don’t agree with, or that may not be correct. There’s not a lot you can do about it. … They’re trying to get it right, I understand that. And I know they wanna get it right. That’s why I think that’s a play worth looking at as far as reviewing.”
Currently, the only plays eligible for instant replay review are borderline home run calls, although Major League Baseball is considering expanding it to other plays.