In similar fashion to Paul Emmel yesterday, Jerry Meals called a favorable game for the Dodgers. In fact, this crew has a net of +16 calls over the series. The area that Meals had the biggest difference helping the Dodgers was to LH hitters, where Meals had three misses with Cubs pitchers (and no gifts), and two gifts to Dodger pitching (0 misses). He also had some pretty bad misses with RH hitters at the plate. His biggest mistakes included: Strike 1 to Denorfia in the first inning (1-0 count, 0 outs, nobody on, LI 0.87)
Ball 1 to Grandal in the second inning (0-0 count, 2 outs, nobody on, LI 0.37)
Ball 1 to Bolsinger in the third inning (0-1 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.59)
Ball 2 to Bolsinger in the fifth inning (1-2 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.18)
Strike 1 Coghlan in the eighth inning (0-0 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.55)
One interesting call that went against the Dodgers was the called third strike to Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth inning. Gonzalez let Meals know that he didn't like the call, and you can see that it was in fact outside. I noted and tweeted that the location was almost identical to the strike called against Adrian in the June 12th game in which he got ejected. Here they are in comparison: Strike 2 on June 12th called by Doug Eddings
Strike 3 called by Meals last night
Strike June 12 (Blue), Strike June 24 (Red)
Adrian knows exactly where both of those pitches were, and was angry about both. The only reason he chose to be more vocal about the first was because of the situation.
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were two reviews in the game, one asked for from each team, with both teams losing their respective challenges. In the fifth inning the Dodgers challenged a catch that Coghlan made in LF on a ball hit by Rollins. Coghlan seemed to have possibly been aided by the ground after the ball was moving around and he hit the grass. It was pretty clear that the ball never hit the ground and the Dodgers lost the challenge. They are now 5-14 with challenge requests.
In the bottom of the ninth, Chris Denorfia for some reason tried to stretch a hard hit ball off the wall into a double. Van Slyke made a perfect throw, and the Dodgers were lucky to get a strong bounce off a metal door on the LF wall, but getting caught at 2B for the last out of the game when you are down three runs is bad. The out call was upheld and the Dodgers won the game.