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Umpire calls Wilmer Flores out on questionable check swing strike three to end NLDS Game 5

  • October 15, 2021

Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in dramatic fashion. 

Morales addressed the call after the game: “The plate umpire appealed the check swing to me, I thought he went, so I called it a swing.”

When asked if he saw the replay after the game, Morales said he did.

Did he feel the same way? 

“Check swings are one of the hardest calls we have,” Morales said. “I don’t have the benefit of multiple camera angles when I’m watching it live. When it happened live I thought he went, so that’s why I called it a swing.”

It ends up as a controversial call, with the Dodgers advancing to the NL Championship Series to face the Atlanta Braves, beginning Saturday.

“It’s super tough,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler of the call. “Obviously you don’t want a game to end that way … there’s no guarantee of success in that at-bat, but it’s just a tough way to end it.”

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