Controversial NLDS Game 5 Controlled Swing Call Will Remain Among Giant Fans for Generations – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Was it a controlled turn? Was it a third strike? How you feel about first base referee Gabe Morale’s controversial call to end Game 5 of the highly controversial NLDS showdown between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night will largely depend on where you live in California.

For Dodger fans, they felt it was a matter of karma. During the regular season, an unanswered two-out, ninth-inning, missed third strike call on a Darin Ruf-controlled turn led to a gut-punching Giants victory over Los Angeles.

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For Giants fans, Thursday’s call ruined what had been a classic pitching match, ending the first post-season meeting between the two teams in more than 100 years.

The call for Wilmer Flores will surely be debated for generations among fans of both teams. But the results go into the record books-Dodgers won the match 2-1 and the best of 5 series to 3.

Wilmer Flores # 41 of the San Francisco Giants strikes out in a controlled turn to the final out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

For Morale’s part, he said he thought he was making the right call at the time, but declined to say how he felt after watching video playbacks.

“Check-ins are one of the hardest calls we have,” he said. “I do not have the advantage of multiple camera angles when I see it live. When it happened live, I thought he was going, so that’s why I called it a turn. ”

When asked after the fight if after seeing repetitions of the call if it was a turn, Chief Justice Ted Barrett danced a worthy a politician in Washington.

“Yes, no, we, yes, yes, he (Morales) will not say,” he stammered.

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Giants manager Gabe Kapler called the end disappointing, but tried to quell the sickening anger among Giants fans.

“Super tough. Yes, I mean, you obviously do not want a game to end that way, ”he said. “I know these guys work really hard to make the right call, so it’s super challenging for us. Obviously, it will be frustrating to have such a game over, but a pretty high quality hitter at the plate that can climb back to that count, there is no guarantee of success at the end of the battle game. It’s just a hard way to end it. ”

“There is no one, because especially right now it is not necessary to be angry about it. I just think it’s just a disappointing way to end. There are other reasons why we did not win today’s baseball game, so that was just the last call of the game, and yes, that’s enough. ”

Referee Ted Barrett, left, and Gabe Morales, center, pose for photos before Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in San Francisco. (AP Photo / Jed Jacobsohn)

But that anger will definitely boil over as local and national sports talk shows will play the swing again and again on Friday and in the days to come.

Kapler rightly pointed out at the end of the match that the Giants had their chances during the match and went 0-on-5 with runners in scoring position.

“I think in hindsight you can come out, or that comments can come out as making excuses for what happened,” he said. “I mean, Darin Ruf had two balls that he smoked on his nose early in the match. It happens. It’s part of baseball. So you do not expect all of them to go your way. ”

“The ball that (Brandon Crawford) Craw hit to the left field on a line, Mookie (Betts) was right there. Donovan Solano hits a ball down the third baseline, Justin Turner right there. It’s just part of baseball and I do not think it makes any sense to throw up your hands and say I wish this was different in some way. ”

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“I thought we had some quality bats throughout the series. At the end of the day, they made more seats than us. ”


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