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Marlins talk to MLB about costly ruling in loss to Indians

Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis is greeted by teammate Lonnie Chisenhall after scoring against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Fri., Sept. 2, 2016.
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis is greeted by teammate Lonnie Chisenhall after scoring against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Fri., Sept. 2, 2016. AP

It won’t change the outcome.

But Major League Baseball was in contact with the Marlins on Saturday, one day after a missed call proved costly in their 6-2 loss to the Indians.

“There’s been conversations,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I talked to the league, and that’s just pretty much where I’d like to leave it. There’s no reason to keep going.”

Mattingly and the Marlins were fuming Friday night over a blown call they felt changed not only the complexion of the first inning but possibly had a bearing on the outcome of the game.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was "sick to my stomach" when he saw replay of controversial call.

The Marlins thought they had pulled off a strike-’em-out, throw-em-out double play in the first inning when the Indians’ Jason Kipnis went after a 3-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner. Kipnis was so certain he had struck out that he began walking back to the dugout.

But umpires ruled that Kipnis checked his swing for ball four, even though replays showed that wasn’t the case.

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Kipnis was awarded first on the walk, with the runner going to second. The Indians erupted for three runs after that.

“This one is embarrassing,” Mattingly said afterward. “It changed the whole game. It’s sickening. When I saw it, it really made me sick to my stomach.”

Said Cashner: “I didn’t realize it was as bad as it was until I saw the video. It’s pretty incredible. That’s one of the worst calls I’ve seen.”

Instead of having the bases empty with two outs, the Indians had two aboard with no outs, and before the inning was over, Cleveland would have three runs on the board, add another in the second and knock Cashner out after five.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was outspoken in his criticism of the umpiring in Friday's loss to Cleveland.

“How can you miss that call?” Mattingly asked Friday.

“I don’t know how you miss that. I don’t know that it’s missable. [Third-base umpire Andy Fletcher] obviously wasn’t watching. There’s no way if he’s watching he did not see that. It’s impossible.”

Mattingly had calmed down by Saturday.

“You’re mad about it last night. It doesn’t help it today,” he said. “There’s no reason to beat that horse. The umpires are part of our game. In general, they do a really good job. We love to complain about them. But in general they do a really good job.”


In the fallout from the controversial call, Marlins first-base coach Perry Hill was ejected in the ninth inning Friday.

Hill was complaining to first-base umpire Mark Ripperger about Fletcher when he was tossed.

It was Hill’s second ejection as a major-league coach. He was also thrown out in 2009 when he was with the Pirates.

When Hill was ejected, there was a delay in finding a replacement. The reason: All of the other coaches were wearing pullovers and jackets without a jersey underneath.

Assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino eventually took Hill’s spot after locating a jersey in the clubhouse.

▪ Cleveland-born Derek Dietrich had a large contingent of family members on hand Saturday night for his return from the disabled list.

Among them: Giovanna Demeter, his grandmother.

The widow of former big-leaguer Steve Demeter, it was her first time seeing her grandson play in person at the major-league level.

“It’s wonderful, absolutely,” Demeter said.


▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-10, 4.02 ERA) at Cleveland Indians RHP Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.88), 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field.

▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Jake Esch (0-0, 4.15) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jerad Eickhoff (9-13, 3.90), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.