It’s safe to say Rangers closer Joe Nathan will never forget the night he “earned” career save No. 300.
With the tying run on first, and the Rangers leading the Rays, 5-4, in the top of the ninth Monday night, Nathan threw a 3-2 pitch to Ben Zobrist that appeared low and away for ball 4. Not according to home plate umpire Marty Foster, who called strike three. Ballgame.
Even Nathan seemed shocked by the outcome, as you can clearly see him mouthing “wow” as he walked off the mound.
Understandably, Rays manager Joe Maddon was livid over the call, and took to Twitter later in the evening.
That can't happen in a major league game.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 9, 2013
Lost in all the hoopla; Nathan is now tied with Jason Isringhausen and Bruce Sutter for 22nd on the all-time saves list.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer