Chris Guccione called a fairly consistent game for the nightcap of the doubleheader. His calls slightly favored the Dodgers with the biggest advantage being calls on the outside corner to LH hitters. Guccione gave Dodger pitching every pitch in the Adjusted zone, including one pitch very outside (Greinke to Paulsen), but missed three pitches in the same region to Rockies pitchers. There were three pitches in the game that were really bad, but other than that Guccione had a good evening behind the dish. Notable calls were: The aforementioned Strike 1 call from Greinke to Paulsen in the fourth - this was a 3-0 count, so we typically see the zone expand. This was way out there though (3-0 count, 0 outs, runners at 1B & 2B):
Paulsen would walk regardless.
In the seventh inning, Yimi Garcia got a beneficial call on this low pitch to Charlie Blackmon (0-0 count, 0 outs, nobody on):
Blackmon would fly out to CF.
In the ninth inning, in the middle of the improbable comeback, Justin Turner got screwed on the strike 2 call. This was a situation with a LI of 4.33! (1-1 count, 0 outs, bases loaded):
I feel kind of bad for Turner - he has been getting the shaft on calls lately - most of them in important AB's like this. He would swing at a high strike on the very next pitch to K.
Guccione wasn't done with the high calls though. After Guerrero hit his grand-slam, Grandal got screwed on this strike call (0-0 count, 2 outs, runner at 1B):
Grandal would end up hitting a single to RF despite the hole he was put in.
One call of particular interest was the called third strike to Tulo in the bottom of the ninth. Tulowitzki was visibly upset and had words with Chris Guccione. The call was a ball based on the standard strike-zone (as the telecast showed), but inside the accepted Adjusted zone. Furthermore, Guccione had given Hale the same call in the same general location earlier in the game. They were both called third strikes as well. Here are the two pitches:
You have to applaud Guccione and his consistency there. An overall good night from him behind the plate.
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