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Joe West hurts Yankees with blown strike call on Brett Gardner

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New York Yankees fans are furious with umpire Joe West for blowing a call during Brett Gardner’s final at-bat on Friday night.

The Yankees were trailing the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth and had one out with Gardner facing closer Ken Giles. Gardner had a full count and Giles threw a pitch that was a solid few inches outside. Rather than call it a ball and put Gardner on base as he should have, West called it a strike, leaving the Yankees with only one more out.

Here’s a look at the pitch:

The final pitch was tracked by MLB (seen as pitch 5 in the graphic) as being over the far side of the white chalk of the other batter’s box.

Mike Ford followed by striking out to end the game.

Umpires should never be missing calls that badly. It stings even more when it’s a one-run game and your team is competing with the Houston Astros for home-field advantage in the playoffs.


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