Corey Blaser made up for Laz Diaz' game last night which favored the boys in blue. Blaser gave the Rockies quite a few breaks in and out of the strike-zone. Let's review... Blaser called a total of five pitches low and out of the zone. Four of the five benefited Rockies pitching.
Nicasio to Paulsen in the second inning was the lone beneficial call. (0-0 count, 0 out, runner at 2B):
Paulsen would end up advancing Arenado to third on a groundout. In the fifth inning, Blaser made his worst call of the afternoon, calling this a strike to Ian Thomas (3-1 count, 2 outs, nobody on):
Thomas would draw a walk despite the missed call.
In the seventh, Blaser called this low strike against Pederson (2-1 count, 2 outs, nobody on):
Joc would strike out swinging to end the inning.
Howie Kendrick was a victim of the low strike zone in the 8th (0-1 count, 2 outs, nobody on):
Kendrick would swing at another low pitch and groundout to end the inning.
Not to be left out, Grandal got a taste of the low zone in his ninth inning pinch hitting appearance (0-0 count, 2 outs, runner on 1B):
Grandal would strike-out to end the game.
Besides the somewhat low strike zone, Blaser had a fairly consistent zone horizontally. He missed three pitches from Dodger pitching in the Adjusted Zone outside corner to LH hitters (but was consistent), and missed two outside pitches in the Adjusted Zone to RH hitters for the Rockies.
Close Calls & Reviews:
In the fifth, Kike Hernandez hit a grounder to Descalso at short who short-hopped Paulsen at first. Paulsen shifted his glove to ensure control of the ball and the Dodgers challenged that he did not have control until after Hernandez had crossed the bag. The guys back in NY thought this was irrelevant and overruled the safe call by John Tumpane (who replaced Chris Guccione for the afternoon game). I think they got this call right as Paulsen seemed to control the ball throughout despite the shift.
In the ninth, the Rockies challenged an out call at second base by Jeff Nelson when Justin Turner slid in on a force attempt after Ethier hit a groundball to short. This is one of those plays that never would have been questioned before replay was available. The runner clearly beat the ball, but Turner slid over the bag with his front foot and because of that he was out.