Giants hurt by two blown strike calls in key spot of Game 5 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Giants were hurt by not one, but two terrible strike calls in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night.
After Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a single to left off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, Kris Bryant came to the plate and worked a 2-0.
The next pitch clearly was a ball, but instead of a 3-0 count, home plate umpire Doug Eddings called a strike. That was the first one.
Pitch four was correctly ruled a ball. Bryant should have been making his way to first. Then, in a 3-1 count, Eddings blew it once again. Another obvious ball was ruled a strike, creating a full count.
Bryant, surely feeling the need to expand his strike zone due to Eddings’ inconsistencies, struck out on the next pitch. Instead of two men on and nobody out — a situation where teams score at lease one run more often than not — Crawford was stuck at first with one out.
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Crawford would get as far as third base through the remainder of the inning, but ultimately, the Giants failed to score. Hopefully, the missed calls don’t have a decisive impact on the game’s outcome.