The controversy-filled game of three ends with a loss of stars 12-6
The Astros had a chance to sweep the Chicago White Sox in Game Three of the ALDS in Chicago, but instead found themselves losing an incredibly long, poorly managed 12-6 game with boatloads of controversy. Panel official Tom Hallion (pictured above in the midst of another bad call, we suppose) worked in one of the weirdest hit spots we can remember and the entire crew in charge fired a call in the fourth inning that resulted in a final blast.
It was an incredibly frustrating game for fans, no doubt for players, but it wasn’t the only thing that contributed to the Astros’ lopsided loss. The bats were calm after the first two runs and there were a number of questionable management decisions. Overall, it was a bad night for the Astros, but they have two more chances to move into the ALCS. Our thoughts…
Four hours is a lot.
By 10pm, the match was only in the sixth inning, three hours after it started. That’s too much, even for playoff games. For East Coast viewers, the game ended Monday morning. This was partly because of all the hits and there were a lot of pitches thrown as evidenced by the high number of hits, but for everything MLB did to reduce game times, it didn’t help in the post-season.
The Astros hit 15 times.
The White Sox had one of the best hitting teams in baseball and the Astros were one of the teams with less success. On Sunday, the White Sox feature. It could be argued — and certainly was by a lot of fans on Twitter — that the problem stemmed from a really bad game called Hallion, but the Houston hitters have swung with more than their fair share of outfield pitches. On the other hand, if you’re loyal to Sox, Ryan Tepera, here’s another reason: “They’ve been known to do some simple things there. We can say there’s little difference. I think you’ve seen the ups and downs tonight compared to the first two Minute Maid games.” Wow, way to win it safe, Ryan.
Dusty Baker couldn’t manage his best.
It’s rare for bowlers to be pulled mid-hit without injury, but that’s what happened to Luis Garcia in the third inning when Becker pulled off the start of the game with the 2-0 count on Liuri Garcia. It was very clear that Becker waited too long to pull Garcia given the two-round Homer who gave him up earlier in that inning, but then to bring in another Garcia (Yemi, which made Garcia back down while facing Garcia in favor of the loyal Garcia) which wasn’t great against leftists. Becker’s argument was that Yimi Garcia had improved faster than Cristian Javier, who was also in the pen, but neither of them did well against the left and that Leury Garcia is a switch hitter. It was a terrible sequence for Baker who had a rough night all over, as did his team.
This literally costs us 5 runs pic.twitter.com/FFhjNJalab
– 𝐉𝐎𝐄 – Not Serious Trashtros Fan (Allstros) October 11, 2021
That call was bad, but the balls and hits were even worse.
A lot had happened and was going to happen in the fourth inning when Yasmane Grandal, with the runners in the corners, hit a soft kick at the start and ran on the grass into the baseline as Yuli Gouriel attempted a home throw. The ball hit Grandal on its way to the home plate and ran off goal Martin Maldonado, allowing the run to score. The Astros protested that Grandal intervened, but the rule states that it must have been intentional and the crew responsible did not believe it. Regardless of whether they think that’s enough to be called on purpose, Tom Hallion’s strike areaAnd One of the worst baseball games of the season, it was just a wacko.
In the third inning, Luis Garcia should have taken a triple hit against Grandal. It was clearly in the area. Instead, it was a ball and Grandal Homer’s two-raked shot.
she was there distasteful Strike ball calls were on the board all night long (so much that the national broadcasters sounded so suspicious after each missed call), but most of the worst went against the Astros including Maldonado’s strike that should have put him at base with a picnic. Later in the game, with Maldonado again slamming a call while catching up and hiding the Astros chasing Hallion, the referee notifies them he’s heard enough. After the match, Maldonado said: “You know, I think it was a tough night for Tom.” This is skimping.