Umpire Jerry Meals: Right or wrong?

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  July 27, 2011 08:14 AM

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Calls for instant replay in baseball are sure to fire up after a controversial ending to last night's Pirates-Braves game involving Pirates catcher Michael McKenry and Braves runner Julio Lugo. (Getty Images)


A play at the plate in the bottom of the 19th inning of last night's Pirates-Braves game in Atlanta has the baseball world buzzing.

One of Boston's old friends, Julio Lugo, was attempting to score on a grounder to third by Scott Proctor. Pedro Alvarez's throw to catcher Michael McKenry had Lugo beat by a mile, but umpire Jerry Meals ruled Lugo safe, thinking that McKenry's swipe-tag missed the runner.

Meals later admitted he may have gotten the call wrong.

"I saw the tag, but he looked like he olÚd him, and I called him safe for that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area," Meals told MLB.com. "I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn't see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg."

McKenry and Lugo took different stances, as expected.

"I was kind of baffled," McKenry said. "I didn't know what to do or what to say. I told him, 'I tagged him. I tagged him.'"

"He got the call right," Lugo said. "I'm being honest. I didn't feel him tag me."

The Braves won 4-3.


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