Watch the Botched Call From The Pirates’19-Inning Loss In Atlanta
Do you think the Pirates were robbed in their 19th inning loss? Watch the video, courtesy of MLB.com.
Braves beat Pirates 4-3 in 19 innings
ATLANTA (AP) – Julio Lugo scored from third base on a contested play at the plate, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win in 19 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates early this morning.
The game ended just before 2 a.m. It was the longest in Turner Field history and matched the longest in the major leagues this season. At 6 hours, 39 minutes, it was the longest by time for both teams.
Lugo took on Scott Proctor’s grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, whose throw to catcher Michael McKenry easily beat Lugo to the plate.
Lugo tried to avoid McKenry’s tag with a pop-up slide. Replays indicated McKenry made the tag, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle argued the call vigorously, following Meals off the field as the Braves celebrated.