A relatively 'even' game called by Scott Barry, slightly favoring the home team. There were a few 'gifts' and a few 'misses' for both sides that almost evened out in the end, but the strike-zone was far from consistent. Take a look at the outside corner for right-handed hitters:
It's a tossup on pitches hitting that corner. Also, the low end of the zone was anyones guess:
The following calls, whether you are going to call them balls or strikes, should go the same way:
Close Calls & Reviews:
The Dodgers challenged a play at the plate in the fourth inning on an RBI single to RF by Hunter Pence. A few of the angles made it seem as though Ellis might have tagged him, but there didn't seem to be the proof they needed to overturn it. I don't think Ellis' reaction helped matters as he didn't initially react as though the call was wrong. I also think Ellis could have been in a better position to receive the throw, but that opinion isn't what this blog is for debating. Anyway, with Kershaw on the mound (and with the offensive drought of the offense) every run mattered and it was probably a good challenge. It was also the right decision by NY, and in the end it didn't matter.