A play at the plate in the bottom of the 19th inning of last night's Pirates-Braves game in Atlanta has the baseball world buzzing. One of Boston's old friends, Julio Lugo, was attempting to score on a grounder to third by Scott Proctor. Pedro Alvarez's throw to catcher Michael McKenry had Lugo beat by a mile, but umpire Jerry Meals ruled Lugo safe, thinking that McKenry's swipe-tag missed the runner.
"I saw the tag, but he looked like he olÚd him, and I called him safe for that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area," Meals told MLB.com. "I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn't see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg."
McKenry and Lugo took different stances, as expected.
"I was kind of baffled," McKenry said. "I didn't know what to do or what to say. I told him, 'I tagged him. I tagged him.'"
"He got the call right," Lugo said. "I'm being honest. I didn't feel him tag me."
The Braves won 4-3.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer