Laz Diaz called a good game tonight. There were misses, as there always are, and he had probably the biggest 'miss' we have ever seen, but for the most part he was consistent and the 'breaks' favored the Dodgers. Here are Diaz' biggest calls this evening: In the fourth Diaz missed this strike to Rollins (0-0 count, 0 on, 2 out) LI 0.42
Rollins would draw a base on balls. In the fifth Diaz gave Kendrick this strike 2 call against Justin Turner (1-1 count, runner at 2B, 1 out) LI 1.54
Technically this was not a miss as it was on the very edge of the Adjusted Strike-Zone, but it was the farthest outside that Diaz called a strike to a RH hitter all evening. Turner would fly out. In the Dodgers huge sixth inning, Diaz gave Kike Hernandez this generous Ball 4 call (3-1 count, 0 outs, runner at 3B) LI 1.24. The pitch was technically a ball, but in the Adjusted Strike-Zone and in range of Diaz' other strikes.
Kike would get picked off second later in the inning.
Also in the sixth, Pederson received this generous Ball 1 call (0-0 count, 1 out, runners at 1B & 2B) LI 1.56. The pitch was technically a ball, but in the Adjusted Strike-Zone and in range of Diaz' other strikes.
Joc would hit a three-run home run later in the AB.
BUT - the call you have all been waiting for... Ball 1 to Rafael Ynoa in the seventh inning (0-0 count, 1 out, runner at 1B) LI 0.44:
WOW! Thanks for the laugh, Laz!
Close Calls & Reviews:
The Rockies challenged a call by Corey Blaser at first in the seventh inning. Kendrick made a great play up the middle to get Brandon Barnes. It was a very close play - this replay from the Rockies telecast gave the best replay. I was actually surprised they overturned the call based on the trend of upholding a call if it is this close. If the ball hitting the back of the glove is supposed to be the point of 'control', I think this play is a legitimate tie. If you judge it by when Adrian actually controls the ball, he is probably safe. Anyway... ridiculously close play - good thing it was during a blowout.
In the eighth, the Rockies challenged Rosario being called out at second on a ball he hit off the wall. The call was upheld as it was clear Rollins got him on the leg before his foot got to the bag. It wouldn't have even been an issue if Rollins simply held the tag on him as he slid off the bag.