Greg Gibson called a game that favored the Dodgers last night. There have been issues with the pitchf/x system in Arlington, as mentioned in yesterday's recap, and there were some changes made in the data available immediately after the game and today. I tweeted after the game that the biggest advantage Gibson gave the Dodgers was his OLAZ Zone Score which reflects Ranger pitching to LH hitters, and that still stands. Gibson had 5 no-calls (mistakes) in the Adjusted Strike-Zone from Ranger pitching to Dodger LH hitters. Two of those were on the edge of the expanded outside corner and understandable, but three calls were not. Ball 1 to Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth inning (0-0 count, 1 out, nobody on, LI 0.85)
Balls 2 and 3 to Rollins in the ninth inning (counts 1-1 and 2-1, 2 outs, runners at 1B & 2B, LI 4.65) Ball 3:
If this happened to be a blog about the Dodgers in general, and not one focused primarily on the officiating in Dodger games, this would be where I had a three paragraph rant on Jimmy Rollins. But... it is not, and I shall not. I will just say that Jimmy had a very passive AB in a very crucial situation. Gibson gave his farthest outside strike to Chi Chi Gonzalez against Rollins in the fifth inning (1-0 count, 2 outs, runner at 1B, LI 1.16)
This was still in the Adjusted SZ, but around three inches off the plate. As favorable as Gibson was to the Dodgers, one of his worst mistakes of the night came at the expense of Justin Turner. Strike 1 to Justin Turner in the seventh inning (1-0 count, 0 outs, nobody on, LI 1.34)
That was arguably his worst of the night, albeit in close contention with this mistake gift for Brett Anderson: Strike 3 to Leonys Martin in the fifth inning (2-2 count, 0 outs, nobody on, LI 0.84)
Everything considered, it was a fairly accurate performance from Greg Gibson that ended up favoring the Dodgers. Too bad they couldn't capitalize on it.
Close Calls & Reviews:
In the bottom of the third inning the Rangers challenged an out call made at 1B by Chad Fairchild on a great play made by Jimmy Rollins. The call was overturned, but I would have likes to have heard the discussion back in NY. This one looked pretty close to me, and just didn't seem like there was enough to overturn it.... but what do I know?