Blue Jays win in controversial fashion, earn series split with 3-2 win

Never in doubt, eh?

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in a game that seemingly lasted all day. It had a little bit of everything, including a controversial call in the top of the 10th inning that will be talked about for the next few days. It’ll be a great time for Twitter umps to get their opinions out there. Let’s go ahead and break this down:
With Whit Merrifield as the ghost runner on second base, Santiago Espinal moved him to third with a fly out to right center. The next batter, Cavan Biggio, aggressively swung at the first pitch, lifting the ball to shallow left field. Merrifield tagged up and ran, but Tim Beckham’s throw gunned down Merrifield at the plate. It was close, but Merrifield’s lead foot ran straight into Twins catcher Gary Sanchez before he was able to touch home plate. While the call on the field was “out”, it was evident that Sanchez did not allow a sliding lane for Merrifield. The umpires reviewed it upon John Schneider’s request, and they ruled that Merrifield was safe.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was infuriated, as was the rest of the Twins crowd. It ruined an opportunity for his team to win the game, and as Dan …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

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