Video Shows Red Sox Got Cheated Out Of Win vs Astros By Laz Diaz

Video Shows Red Sox Got Cheated Out Of Win vs Astros By Laz Diaz

For the second time in this year’s playoffs, the Boston Red Sox were robbed of a deserved victory on Tuesday night.

Mere days after poor officiating cost them what would have been a guaranteed win, history repeated itself.

At the center of all of Boston’s woes was Umpire Laz Diaz. During a pivotal at-bat in the top of the 9th inning, he completely botched the calls on a series of Nathan Eovaldi pitches.

Eovaldi initially allowed a double and an intentional walk, only to then strike out two in a row. At that point, Astros catcher Jason Castro came up to bat with the scored tied 2-2 and runners on first and second.

Over the course of Castro’s at bat, Eovaldi would go on to throw six strikes. Unfortunately, Diaz somehow managed to not see that.

Eovaldi’s 0-1 pitch to Castro was inexplicably called a ball because it was too high, but video shows it clearly caught the top of the zone and should have been a strike. Then with the count sitting at 1-2, a breaking ball blatantly caught the corner – only for Diaz to call it a ball as well.

After being gifted six strikes that weren’t ruled as strikes, Castro ended up hitting an RBI single on a 2-2 pitch to break the tie. Houston would go on to capture a 9-2 victory and tie the series up at two wins apiece.

Needless to say, the Red Sox felt like that they were on the receiving end of terrible officiating all night:

Given Diaz’s track record, nothing that happened on Tuesday night should come as that much of a surprise.

That said, at a certain point the powers that be will need to step in here and intervene. The integrity of baseball takes a major hit every time something like this occurs. It is embarrassing for the sport and a hindrance to increased mainstream adaptability. Bring in robots, cyborgs – whatever. Just fix the problem.

Bad officiating has become an all-too-common story in sports this year. At seemingly every athletic level, it is cheating teams of victories. Hopefully someone does something about it, because at this point it’s getting a little embarrassing.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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