Berkman's check swing
There was at least one moment during Tuesday night's Nats loss when I strongly wished Rob Dibble had been in the booth. This image, via Mister Irrelevant, was it. Third-base ump Bill Hohn did not find this to be a swinging strike, which would have ended the game. Then Lance Berkman went ahead and won the thing with a bases-loaded two-run single on the next pitch. At least a couple Nats expressed surprise at the call.
"Yeah, he swung," Zimmerman said, via Kilgore. "It's over with now, but I think we should have won that game."
"It's frustrating, but you can't put it in an umpire's hands," the losing pitcher, Matt Capps said, via MLB.com.">via MLB.com.">via MLB.com. "Those guys are pretty good. Those guys are on national television. They don't want to get anything wrong. It's hard to say it was one way or another way. I made a good pitch there. was pretty shocked [Hohn called no swing]. But he's got a much better view over there than I do. I'll take his word for it."
"When it happened, I knew it was close," Berkman said, via the Houston Chronicle.
"I say this all the time," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "It's just a philosophical thing. For me, a check swing is one of those calls in the game that there's very little consistency on it. Nobody really knows what it is, what it isn't. If you check-swing, to me, that means the pitcher beat the hitter. You know? If there's a gray [area], it should be a strike. There's a way to take a strike, and it's not in the form of a check swing. It works that way for both clubs. Tonight, I think it burned us. As far as I was concerned, we had the strikeout at the end."
"Arrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh," Dibble would have said, were he there.
A win would have guaranteed the Nats no worse than a .500 record through the season's first third. They can still reach that mark with a win Wednesday night.
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