The Los Angeles Angels filed a formal protest to the league regarding a call during the first inning of the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. During the bottom of the first inning, Paul Konerko was at bat with the bases loaded and nobody out. He grounded to third baseman Alberto Callaspo who went to home to get the first out and then the cathcher went to first base where Konerko was running inside the line which forced the throw to pull Albert Pujols off first base and not completing the double play. Then Alex Rios came up and hit a single to score Kevin Youkilis, but Adam Dunn was thrown out at the plate. Rios’ RBI single was followed by a three run home run by AJ Pierzynski.
So the Angels are contesting that the Sox would not have scored those runs if the right call was made and Konerko was called out. The Sox went on to win the game on an Alex Rios walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Phil Humber continues to struggle as he went 5 2/3 giving up 6 earned runs on 10 hits while walking four and striking out one. Luckily the bullpen was outstanding as Nate Jones, Brett Myers, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton went 4 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on three hits, three walks and six strikeouts. Rios went 3-5 with two home runs and four runs batted in. Pierzynski hit his 19th home run of the season. Pujols hit his 23rd home run of the season and MVP candidate Mike Trout hit his 19th home run in just his 84th game.
Overall, I just don’t see how the MLB could do anything to change this as it was a judgement call for the umpire and if they were to rule in favor of the Angels, then every team would protest every call if the team scores after it. If the MLB decides to favor with the Angels, the game would be replayed from that point on in the game. I really think it is stupid that Angels manager Mike Scioscia would protest this, Zach Greinke still gave up the runs after the call. But in the end, I am sure the Sox’ victory will stand 8-6.