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Brutal Call killed us yesterday

I forgot to mention this in my quick take on the game the game.


With the Yanks down 2-1, Rodriguez led off the seventh with an infield single, and came all the way around to score on Andy Phillips' double to right-center. He beat a close play at the plate, and when Rene Rivera jumped up to argue with ump Mike Reilly, Phillips aggressively took third - maybe too aggressively.

Third base ump Andy Fletcher sent Phillips back to second, claiming time had been called. As Phillips and third base coach Larry Bowa argued the call, Joe Torre joined them. Seattle manager Mike Hargrove - ejected Tuesday after a blown call at first base aided a Yankee win - was simultaneously arguing the call at the plate, making for high comedy.

"The home plate umpire did not call time out, I don't know who the hell did,'' Rodriguez said. "Brutal call. Terrible. I'm not sure who made that call."

When told Fletcher had, A-Rod said, "Well, he has no business making that call, especially when it's a live ball. The ball's still in play. That was a big one. No outs, man on third; it changes the whole scenario. Just an awful call."

The Yanks failed to plate Phillips, and Ichiro Suzuki manufactured a run in the eighth for what proved the game-winner.


Why was he calling time out? If Phillips is on third, the Yanks score another run...