The first questions I would ask after seeing Chris Conroy's strike-zone graph after this game are: Where in SF was he born, and where were his season tickets? If there is a go-to example for an umpire favoring a team during a game, this would be the link. For the first time ever, I made a 'live' update to the blog to point out the calls to Van Slyke in the top of the first inning. With runners on first and third with two out (LI 1.81), Conroy called the following pitches strikes:
In the seventh inning against Ethier (LI 1.73), Hudson got two low strikes from Conroy, which forced Ethier to swing at another low ball and groundout to second:
Conroy called this pitch from Casilla to Rollins a strike in the bottom of the ninth - did he have dinner plans he was worried about missing?
I think Van Slyke's reaction to his called strikes sums up how all the Dodgers felt about Conroy:
And just to show that Conroy favored the home team from both sides, here are two pitches called balls in Posey's walk in the fifth:
This is the first away game for the Dodgers that this blog has reviewed, and I was curious to see how that would play out. I expected a slight shift, but this is striking. Either Chris Conroy is a closet Giants fan, or he really let's the home team crowd pressure his strike-zone. You are on notice Mr. Conroy...
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were not any challenges or particularly close calls in the game that impacted the result. This game was all about Chris Conroy's terrible strike-zone. Unfortunately things probably will not get any better with Angel Hernandez behind the plate tomorrow.