Marlins ace Josh Johnson loving life after Tommy John surgery

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Josh Johnson notched a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete-game victory Monday night and equaled the Padres’ hit total by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate.
One of the biggest Tommy John surgery success stories, Johnson has upped both his strikeouts and ground balls while cutting his walks since returning and is now 24-7 with a 3.33 ERA in 52 starts after going under the knife. At age 26 he might be MLB’s most underrated ace.
Setting aside Johnson’s injury wrecked 2007, his ERAs by season are 3.65, 3.10, 3.61, 3.23, and now 3.19. His career mark of 3.39 ranks sixth among all active starters with at least 500 innings behind only Tim Lincecum, Johan Santana, Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy, and Roy Halladay.

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.