The umps made the right call, Gene Lamont did not (VIDEO)

by Bill Chuck on October 26, 2012

If Madison Bumgarner is the hero for Game 2 of the World Series, then the goat has to be Tigers’ third base coach, Gene Lamont.

While you never want to make the first or third out at third base, that statement is magnified when it comes to home plate.

Here’s what happened:

  • In the top of the 2nd, Prince Fielder led off being hit by a pitch.
  • Delmon Young followed with a double that rattled around the left field corner.
  • Lamont waved the enormous Fielder home.
  • In the seemingly long run to the plate, my heart stops twice as I think about a Prince Fielder/Buster Posey collision.
  • Left fielder Gregor Blanco corrals the ball and throws to the infield.
  • Blanco overthrows the cutoff man, shortstop Brandon Crawford, but in Jeter-like fashion Marco Scutaro is there to catch the ball and he fires a strike to Posey.
  • Protecting himself, Posey fields the throw in front of the plate leaving an opening for the ginormous Fielder to slide in ahead of the tag. If only the on-deck batter Jhonny Peralta had guided Fielder to take a wide slide.
  • Peralta didn’t do that and home plate umpire Dan Iassogna makes the absolutely correct call, as  Posey makes the sweep tag. The first 7-4-2 putout in baseball history is recorded.
  • Peralta then pops to the infield and Avisail Garcia whiffs to end the inning and keeps the game scoreless.

Now you can watch it:

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