Armando Galarraga has struggled since forever being linked with umpire Jim Joyce during his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010, spending most of last season and all of this season at Triple-A.
But now he’s headed back to the big leagues, as the Astros announced that they’ll call up Galarraga to start Saturday against the Pirates. He’s stepping into Wandy Rodriguez’s rotation spot and in an odd little twist of fate he’ll be facing Rodriguez, in Houston.
Galarraga last started in the majors for the Diamondbacks on May 16, 2011 and had a 4.12 ERA and 31/18 K/BB ratio in 44 innings at Triple-A before the call-up, so this is more about the Astros’ lack of MLB-caliber pitching depth than any kind of promising comeback story.
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.