Covering the Bases: Game 73
Yankees 6, Indians 4
FIRST: To Jack Hannahan, what took place in the seventh inning on Tuesday night was not part of MLB’s ongoing instant replay issue. It just happened to be the instant replay that got Hannahan fired up and, ultimately, ejected from the game.
With two outs and a runner on third base, Hannahan sliced a pitch from Yankees righty Phil Hughes down the left-field line. Left fielder Dewayne Wise sprinted into foul ground, jumped and tumbled over a side wall while trying to make the catch. The ball skipped off Wise’s glove and rolled away.
Third-base umpire Mike DiMuro jogged to the spot where Wise had fallen into the stands and raised a fist to call Hannahan out. Meanwhile, a fan in a red shirt — standing a few feet behind DiMuro — was proudly holding the baseball in the air after picking it up off the ground.
“I can live with the fact that [DiMuro] didn’t see him drop the ball,” Hannahan said, “or the fan jumping up two feet away that was excited he got the foul ball. But for him not to just ask [Wise] to see the ball, that’s absolutely inexcusable and it’s frustrating.”
Hannahan reviewed the replay in the clubhouse and had some words with DiMuro when he took the field to begin the next inning. The ump quickly tossed the third baseman from the ballgame.
“I didn’t swear at him — nothing. He threw me out of the game,” Hannahan said. “I was running out to my position. I saw the replay and I wanted to ask him about it and get his point of view. I asked him about it and he threw me out of the game.”
Asked if he was in favor of having more replay in the game to aid in decisions, Hannahan said no.
“I don’t think there should be replay on balls like that,” Hannahan said. “I think it’s just a clear case of asking the player to see the ball. It’s not hard.”
“I believed the ball was in his glove when he came out of the stands,” DiMuro told a pool reporter after the game. “Now that I see the tape it’s obvious that the ball fell out of his glove. In hindsight, I should have asked him to show me the ball since he fell into the stands and out of my line of vision.”
Said Indians manager Manny Acta: “That’s a play that you don’t know what happens until you see the replay. No one could argue that. Mike felt bad after he found out that he missed the call. This is not the first one that has happened this year. We’ve seen a few of them. It’s probably going to be taken care of if they do expand the replay.”
Hannahan said Wise “sold it” pretty well and the third baseman even thought it was a catch at first. Acta thought the same, but also thought it was a little strange that the Yankees didn’t put Wise’s great catch on the stadium video board.
“We knew [something wasn’t right],” Acta said. “I mean, it’s a great play. How come you’re not showing it on the board for the fans?”
Acta was asked if he’d be OK with one of his outfielders doing what Wise did.
“Why not?” Acta replied. “If you can get an out, why not? We’ve had phantom tags in baseball forever.”
SECOND: Hannahan also felt DiMuro blew a call in the second inning that led to a run for the Yankees. With runners on the corners and two outs, Chris Stewart sent a pitch down the third-base line. Hannahan dove and the ball skipped off his glove into foul territory. It was ruled an infield hit (scoring one run) and New York went on to score three runs in the inning.
Acta argued the call, but to no avail. After the game, Acta said he still was not sure if the ball was fair or foul.
“We looked at a zillion frames in the video room,” he said. “It was tough to tell.”
Hannahan thought otherwise.
“Foul. It was foul,” Hannahan said. “You could see where I slid. Calls like that that happen so quick, I can live with the fact that he made a mistake.”
THIRD: All in all, it wasn’t a bad outing for Masterson. That questionable call in the second opened the door for three runs, including two that came one batter after Derek Jeter reached on an infield single that ricocheted off the pitcher. Robinson Cano also had a broken-bat bloop single in the fifth that set the stage for a sac fly from Mark Teixeira. Masterson was charged with four runs in six innings.
“We went out there and more or less pitched the way we wanted to,” Masterson said. “It wasn’t the best control today, but we were able to make pitches. We had a lot of missed-hit balls, not real comfortable swings, which is exactly what you want. Somehow four runs got on the board.”
HOME: The Indians were at least able to feel a little better about themselves after scoring four runs in the ninth inning. As Acta pointed out postgame, that’s as many runs as the Tribe scored overall in the recent three-game set in Houston. Prior to that 4-for-7, four-run burst (powered by a three-run homer from Jose Lopez), Cleveland had hit at a .174 (26-for-49) showing over its previous 44 innings.
“The team felt better after the last inning,” Lopez saod. “We’ve been struggling for a couple of games, but in the ninth inning we showed up.”
Indians (37-36) at Yankees (45-28)
at 1:05 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium