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Referee’s scorecard shows missed calls impacted Giants in LA loss

Referee’s scorecard shows missed calls affected Giants in LA loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

How can you further stoke the already heated rivalry between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers? A minor refereeing controversy of course.

The Giants dropped the first game of their three-game series against their biggest foes on Monday, but a handful of incorrect decisions could have affected the final 8-3 result.

While this may not have been the reason they lost the match, given the other issues revealed in the defeat, uneven leadership is the last thing any fanbase wants to experience given how tense the matchups already are.

Some calls from umpire Dan Bellino behind the plate left Giants players, coaches and fans increasingly frustrated and confused, and the umpire’s scorecard Tuesday morning gave them every reason to be.

Bellino missed 10 strikes and, on the other hand, incorrectly called six strikes that were thrown outside the strike zone.

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The most impactful missed calls all affected San Francisco, with the first coming in the top of the first inning when Dodgers starter James Paxton threw an 80 mph cutter to Austin Slater that was ruled a strike, but ball should have been two.

The other two came later in the game, as the Giants continued to battle despite a three-run inning by the Dodgers in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh inning, with runners on first and second base and one out, Matt Chapman took the one-ball, two-strike pitch from Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly, thinking it was ball two, but Bellino ruled it was a strike . Wilmer Flores came to bat next and singled when LaMonte Wade Jr. scored to make the 6-1 deficit to 6-2, but if Chapman’s strike had been called correctly, it could have been more than just a one-run inning.

The third missed call that hurt the Giants came in the next inning when Michael Conforto should have taken ball four from Dodgers pitcher Dinelson Lamet, but instead Lamet’s 93 mph sinker was called strike one. Conforto eventually flied out for San Francisco’s second out.

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Plus-0.65 in favor of Los Angeles in a five-point game, momentum changes everything and could have made Monday a completely different game.

Bellino finished the night with an overall accuracy of 92 percent with an overall consistency of 91 percent. His 96 percent called ball accuracy and 83 percent called hitting accuracy leaned in the Dodgers’ favor, creating .65 runs for Los Angeles.

That doesn’t seem like as big of an issue as a five-run win. But baseball is a game of momentum, and one missed call could have changed everything.

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