Controversy at Fenway Park: Umpire Laz Diaz does not call the strike and opens the door to the Astros’ races against the Red Sox

Laz Diaz ignites the controversy over his calls in Game 4 between ...

Lto Houston Astros win in Game 4 In the last inning he made it clear that his batters are alive, but despite the brutal comeback, the players were not the protagonists, and is that umpire Laz Diaz took all the criticism for his decision on a crucial play of the game.

It was the top of the ninth inning, when Boston reliever Nathan Eovaldi faced Jason Castro with the game tied 2-2 and runners on first and second with two outs. Everything changed with the calls of the umpire who apparently was wrong in each of the launches leaving Castro alive.

The monitoring of Eovaldi’s pitches showed he pitched six times and all six should have been considered strikes. The second throw with the count 0-1 was considered a ball for going high, but it stayed within the zone. Then on the fourth try, a ball break with the account at 1-2, he was in the corner and the strike to end the inning, but Laz saw it as a ball and made it 2-2 for Castro.

It was on the sixth pitch that Castro finally singled and triggered the Astros victory in the final inning.

According to information from Jeff Passan, Diaz missed the most strike calls throughout the game making mistakes 21 times, the highest postseason figure for an umpire.

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