Controversial call at home plate gives Phillies 7-6 win over Braves
The Philadelphia Phillies escaped Truist Park with a slight win on Sunday night.
Yet many watching at home, and even the Atlanta Braves, were confused with what appeared to be a missed call in the ninth inning that pushed the Phillies to their 7-6 win.
Final: Phillies 7, #Braves 6, apparently.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 12, 2021
Did umps miss a call at the plate?
Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a fly ball to shallow left field in the top of the ninth inning, which prompted Alec Bohm — who doubled and then made it to third off a bunt — to break for home to try and take the lead.
Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna made the catch and threw home to catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Bohm, after sliding in around the tag attempt, was called safe.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 12, 2021
Though the call looked solid at first glance, replay showed that Bohm’s foot appeared to miss the plate completely.
Alec Bohm is ruled safe live despite that his foot did not appear to actually touch the plate...the play was reviewed and upheld to give the Phillies a 7-6 9th inning lead pic.twitter.com/ySTQts8Dmb
— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) April 12, 2021
That play was reviewed, though, and upheld — which eventually led to the Phillies’ one-run win.
“It’s frustrating sometimes … That’s what I told the umpires, because I got a view,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said, via The Athletic’s Jayson Stark. “I got a view on the big screen that he didn’t touch the plate.”
Phillies manager Joe Girardi, obviously, saw things slightly differently.
“It looked like his big toe kind of hit the corner of the plate, he said, via The Athletic’s Jayson Stark. “That’s what we saw when we looked at all the angles.”
Bohm wasn't asking any questions, either.
"I was called safe," he said, via The Athletic's Matt Gelb. "That's all that matters."
Either way, the initial call at the plate was upheld. The Phillies will head home from Atlanta with a win.
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