Giants Manager Gabe Kapler Blows Check Swing Call in NLDS Game 5

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stopped criticizing the game-ending blow call Gabe Morales and instead came to his defense.

Poor umpiring results in blow calls, and then a Gabe Morales call at the end of Game 5.

Not only was it a bad bit of umpiring, but it had a profound effect on the outcome of the MLB postseason series.

Earlier in the Dodgers-Giants broadcast, the TBS crew referred to Bobby Thompson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and how Ralph Branca became a pariah for skipping the infamous home run. First base umpire Gabe Morales probably won’t be remembered as much in baseball’s notoriety, but the recency bias is as strong as his check swing call following San Francisco’s season as well as the Giants after ending Game 5 of the NLDS. fans are feeling for him.

Morales called for a strike on the Wilmer Flores check swing, one that the replay was very clearly not a strike. Because the check swings are not reviewable – and Morales was below first baseline and without proper vantage – the call stood and the Giants season ended.

Game 5. Gabe Kapler defends Gabe Morales after blow call in

After the game, Kapler was asked about the elephant in the room, but instead of burying Gabe Morales to end the Giants season, he defended the umpiring crew.

“These guys try really hard to make the right calls. It’s super challenging,” said Kapler. “There’s no need, especially right now, about being angry. [the blown call]. There are many more reasons not to win today’s baseball match, which was the last call of the game.”

Kapler didn’t completely shut down Morales or the umpiring crew, as he clarified several times during his postgame press conference that he was not happy that the game ended. that way But with his despair stopped him from going further.

“At our end, obviously it would be disappointing for the game to end like this. We had a fairly high quality hitter at the plate, but with that count there is no guarantee of success at the end of the at-bat. “

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