As one would expect, the Marlins were not at all happy with the blown call in tonight's first inning when Rafael Furcal's sinking liner was ruled a base hit. Replays showed that Mike Stanton made a clean catch. Two batters later, Albert Pujols cranked a two-run homer, making the botched call a decisive one in the Marlins' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals.
Jack McKeon didn't mince words when discussing the play aferward.
"Like I told the umpires, you got four guys out here and four guys can't see it. Maybe that's another reason we ought to have instant replay," McKeon said. "They gave me the courtesy of checking all four umpires, but to no avail. No question it was the difference in the ballgame. You're not going to criticize the umpires or rip 'em because it's a tough job. But, on the other hand, we got to get these plays right. We can't have it consistently three and four times a week, the questionable stuff. Let's go to instant replay. It's tough when it comes down and it's the deciding run of the ballgame.
"We get kicked out of the game, or the players perform poorly and don't do the job, they're sent out. But there's no consequences if they continue to make bad calls. That's a tough job. I'm not going to single out that guy (first base umpire Vic Carapazza). He had a bad night. We all make mistakes. But when you come down to losing ballgames and you've got three or four guys out there and all of them can't see it, then we ought to go to instant replay."
McKeon also wasn't too tickled with the pitch Ricky Nolasco threw to Pujols for the home run.
"Don't let these guys beat you," McKeon said of the Cardinals 3-4-5 hitters. "You saw (Chris) Carpenter. He didn't let our big games beat him. He was concentrating on where he was going to be smart with his pitches. And if he walked them, he walked them. But he wasn't going to throw up slop and have it hit out of the ballpark, a 74 mph pitch."