Jim Wolf, who I always remember (thanks to Vin) as Randy Wolf's brother, had close to a perfect game, only giving the Dodgers the advantage on a total of one pitch using the Adjusted Strike-Zone. Wolf had a consistent zone and only had four gifts and seven misses on the night, but four of those misses came on the very outside edge of the Adjusted SZ, and they were consistent with his zone. The misses were split evenly (2 SD, 2 LA) which helped his Game Score. Interestingly, Wolf had a large outside zone to LH hitters (which got Eddings into a bit of trouble last night), and he called three strikes (two for Padre pitching, one for Dodger pitching) in basically the same location of the strike that Gonzalez got ejected for arguing 24 hours prior. One of those pitches was to Gonzalez himself. Gonzalez strike 1 in the fourth inning (2-0 count, 0 outs, nobody on, LI 1.08):
Strike 1 (Red). Location of argued Strike (Blue).
The farthest outside Wolf called a strike to LH hitters was a pitch from Greinke to Venable Strike 2 to Venable in the eighth inning (0-1 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 1.20)
Again, the strike was in the Adjusted SZ, and here it is in comparison to the Gonzalez argued strike for reference. Note that Venable doesn't seem very happy with the call. Dodger pitching got the benefit of one high gift, and one low gift. Greinke to Norris in the fourth inning (0-0 count, 2 outs, nobody on, LI 0.48)
Greinke to Amarista in the fifth inning (0-0 count, 0 out, runner at 1B, LI 2.15)
This was the lowest called strike of the night and arguably Wolf's worst. As far as misses, Wolf missed three pitches in the Standard SZ, two Padre misses and one Dodger. Rollins Ball ball 1 in the third inning (0-0 count, 0 outs, nobody on, LI 0.99)
Kennedy missed his spot and Norris had to reach across the plate. Greinke ball 1 in the fifth inning (0-2 count, 2 outs, nobody on, LI 0.52)
Justin Upton ball 2 in the first inning (1-2 count, 1 out, runner at 2B, LI 1.37)
Greinke got a strike call at the bottom of the zone the pitch before that Upton didn't like. This call (a curveball) did look low. Jim Wolf had a good game on the heels of one of the worst from Doug Eddings the night before and his Game Scores reflect that. Sometimes one pitch makes the difference and this night it was pitch number six to Upton in the eighth.
5/32 of an inch from being dead center of the plate.
Close Calls & Reviews:
Mattingly asked the umpires to review Upton's HR in the eighth thinking that a fan had interfered with the ball. At that point why not? It was clearly the decisive play in the game. I think from the dugout it might have looked like the fan was catching the ball above the CF wall, when in actuality it was a second wall beyond the field of play.
The funny part about the review, and one that got to me, was Mark Kotsay, Bud Black and Derek Norris whining about Mattingly's challenge (from the SD broadcast).