Mets manager Terry Collins laughed at the question — how did the blown strike three call against Aaron Hicks change Wednesday night’s fateful seventh inning? — but it wasn’t joyful glee. It was more of a way to soothe the pain following another dismal defeat.
“It brought [Didi] Gregorius up,” Collins deadpanned, referring to the Yankees shortstop who stroked a two-out double off Paul Sewald, producing the go-ahead runs in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
Ronald Torreyes was at third base with one out for Hicks and the count ran full, to 3-2. On the next pitch, Sewald appeared to have Hicks struck out, but home-plate umpire Chad Whitson called the delivery a ball, ticking off Sewald, who was seen angrily muttering to himself as he walked off the mound after the inning. Replays showed the pitch got plenty of plate, though Sewald missed catcher Rene Rivera’s target on the outside corner.
“You get him out, [Aaron] Judge pops out, we’re out of the inning,” Collins said. “We don’t have to go through Didi.”
Instead, after Judge popped up, Sewald had to get through Gregorius, and the Yankees shortstop laced a 2-1 fastball into the right-field corner for a two-run double. The Mets never seriously threatened against Yankees relievers Adam Warren and David Robertson over the final
Article source: http://nypost.com/2017/08/16/mets-rue-bad-call-that-led-to-didi-gregorius-game-winning-hit/
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