D-backs dispute call at third; Trammell tossed
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was pretty sure his third baseman, Martin Prado, tagged Carlos Beltran before Beltran's foot touched the bag on an attempted steal in the sixth inning. But when Gibson saw Prado immediately start arguing with third base umpire Jordan Baker, he knew what replays would later confirm -- Prado was right.
Gibson jogged out and had a brief conversation with Baker, who is a Minor League fill-in umpire, before returning to the dugout.
"You just have your say and then you've to move on," Gibson said. "You've got to move on, you've got to deal with it. Things happen in this game."
The call proved costly, however, when instead of Beltran being caught stealing for the third out of the inning, he was called safe and later scored when Yadier Molina singled to right.
The run cut the D-backs lead to 6-5 and the Cardinals tied the game one inning later. The game wound up lasting 14 innings.
"The throw got there way earlier," Prado said. "So I put my glove a little bit [in front of] the base and he tagged my glove. I pulled it back and he got to the base and [Baker] said, 'No, you didn't tag him out.' I was like, 'What?' 'No, you didn't tag him.' I flipped my mind out there. I couldn't believe it."
Prado kept his cool enough to stay in the game, but the normally mild-mannered bench coach Alan Trammell was ejected when he yelled something at Baker from the bench after watching a replay of the tag in the video room behind the dugout.
"It was nothing bad," Gibson said of what Trammell yelled. "[Baker] didn't have to throw him out. He just had a short fuse."
Prado did not criticize Baker much after the game, though, probably because the D-backs ended up winning.
"This is a game," Prado said. "I feel like everybody's human and that's going to happen. Things are going to happen. But it could have changed the result of the game. I think both teams played a pretty good game and in the end, [Paul Goldschmidt] came up big and that was huge for the team."
Prado said that after he initially complained to Baker, he put the incident behind him.
"The only thing you can control is, 'Hey, I disagree,'" Prado said. "And I told him. I said, 'I disagree with you. I don't think that was the right call.' After that, it was over, and I knew what I said wouldn't change anything."