Giants’ Brandon Belt says plate umpire cheated him to ‘get the game over with’

A series-ending loss to the National League-worst Reds wasn’t the only thing that left Giants slugger Brandon Belt raw on Wednesday.

It was how that 6-3 defeat ended that rubbed the left fielder the wrong way.

Belt stepped to the plate with a runner on second base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at ATT Park. Facing closer Raisel Iglesias, Belt worked the count full before plate umpire Doug Eddings called a third strike on a fastball just off the plate to end the game.

Afterward, Belt said there was no question he got cheated on the call and insinuated that Eddings made it to get a matinee that lasted 2 hours, 41 minutes over with.

“I think 99.9 percent of the umpires are great, and I actually enjoy talking to ’em,” Belt said. “But there’s just some times when you have a feeling that one or two of ’em are trying to get the game over with, whether it’s through what they say or what they do. And that just can’t happen; you can’t have those guys affecting careers

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23524777/brandon-belt-san-francisco-giants-raw-plate-umpire-loss-vs-cincinnati-reds

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