What is with the Angels getting screwed over on blown calls on tag plays involving Dee Gordon? Last June, the Dodgers stole a victory from the Halos on a bad call on a play at the plate where Dee Gordon was called safe despite the video evidence to the contrary. Tonight, it happened again, only at second base this time.
While the call in last year's game was debatable, tonight's call seemed pretty obviously incorrect given the benefit of instant replay (heaven forbid MLB ever expand its use). If the umpire gets it right, Hank Conger is the hero for nailing Gordon at second to end the threat in the eighth inning. But no, it wasn't meant to be.
Jerome Williams, who was terrific through seven innings, was already running on fumes at that point. Once that call went against him, it was over. AJ Ellis then drew. Ethier followed that up with a game-tying single and Juan Rivera delivered the deathblow by crushing a meatball from the tired Williams the very next pitch for a three-run homer. Freeway Series 2012 Game 2 goes to the Dodgers and poor Jerome Williams goes home the tough luck loser.
And I do mean poor Jerome Williams. Sitting in the dugout after he got pulled, he looked like someone just ran over his dog. Still, a valiant effort, even in umpire-assisted defeat.