SAN FRANCISCO, California (CROWN) -The San Francisco Giants’ magical season ended Thursday night after a controversial check-swing call and fans are furious.
Down 0-2 with 2 outs at the bottom of 9. and a runner first, Wilmer Flores stepped onto the record in hopes of saving the Giants’ winning season in franchise history.
The following “turn” was confirmed as strike three by first base referee Gabe Morales to end the game.
But photos and videos of that bat show otherwise.
Check-swing calls cannot be reviewed, meaning the Giants and a packed Oracle Park had to watch the Dodgers celebrate on their home turf.
Immediately after the match, “Giants”, “Flores” and “Gabe Morales” were popular on social media.
Given the circumstances surrounding the game – one of the biggest rivalries in sporting history, the two best teams in baseball played in a NL Division Series crucial game 5, the rivalries played each other for the first time ever in the post season – Giants fans and baseball fans around in the world had a lot to say about the call.
It reached a point where Morales’ Wikipedia page got changed.
“Gabriel Morales in an American Major League Baseball Referee. He is legally blind, “reads the ad.
Under the “Special Tasks” section, “Ruining the Division Series (2021)” was co-written with: “He is known for somehow being a worse judge than Angel Hernandez.”
But Dodgers fans and those on the other hand see things a little differently.
First, some Flores figures took up against Max Scherzer and throughout the NLDS.
Flores was 0-17 with 8 strikeouts against Scherzer and finished 1-12 in the series.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler did not want the index finger for their season ending on the check-swing call, rather attributing the loss to other things.
“There’s no need to be angry,” Kapler said. “It simply came to our notice then. But there are other reasons why we lost that game. ”
Another rebuttal was brought yet another controversial call for check-swing back in July that ultimately settled the difference between the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West position.
Back on July 22, the Dodgers lost a home game to the Giants, in part due to an unanswered call on Darin Ruf’s check swing.
The call was pretty clear and triggered a lot of outrage, so when the Giants lost Friday’s game after a check-swing call, Ruf acknowledged the irony.
Ruf said he did not believe Floes was going, but pointed out that his own check-swing call went its way at the end of the season to help them win the division.
“But of course we’ve been able to see the replay and it didn’t look like he was going, but a check-in earlier this year also helped us,” Ruf said. “So it’s a little funny how it comes to the two events. But, yes, just, yes. ”