Frustration boiled over for the Cubs and Anthony Rizzo on the final pitch of a hot, humid and disappointing four-game series against the San Diego Padres. The game ended on a called strike. That didn’t sit very well with Rizzo and Maddon.
Angel Hernandez was ready to go home pic.twitter.com/pUmINdnhNS
— Robert O'Neill (@RobertONeill31) August 5, 2018
Rizzo and his manager, Joe Maddon, were predictably aggrieved by the botched call.
Via NBC Sports:
“I think it’s well-documented that I talk to a lot of these umpires all the time and I have the utmost respect for every single one of them,” Rizzo said. “I feel like I know them on a personal basis just because long games, long season, talk to them at first. Feel like I have a great working relationship with pretty much the whole league.
“That being said, that call is unacceptable. He told me to look at it, I looked at it and he was wrong. And I would like for him to confirm that. That can’t happen. That can’t happen in the major leagues at Wrigley Field or any field.”
“You saw both sides,” Joe Maddon said. “You gotta play it straight right to the very end and I’m not accusing anybody of not. It’s egregiously a bad call. We can all see that.
Joe on Angel Hernandez game-ending call on Rizzo: "An egregiously bad call." pic.twitter.com/uUnHpvqM1q
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) August 5, 2018
This is the time of year where each and every game counts. You can’t afford to lose if you’re the Cubs, who are trying to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. Check out more below:
MLB’s best umpires, a list
150. Joe West
175. MiLB umpires
200. Someone flipping a coin on each call
250. A Blind Person
251. CB Bucknor
300. A rock
301. Literally anything else
302. Angel Hernandez
— NOT Ian Happ (@NotHapp) August 5, 2018
Angel Hernandez living up to his reputation as one of the worst umpires in the league, rings up Rizzo on this "strike" call to end the game. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/tj6zFZNRue
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) August 5, 2018
Angel Hernandez just went full Angel Hernandez
— Evan Altman (@DEvanAltman) August 5, 2018
Just re-watched end of Cubs game. Angel Hernandez is so bad at calling balls and strikes that it’s embarrassing for major-league baseball to have a game end that way even though the Cubs were probably not going to win. @MLB has to do something when an umpire is as bad as he is.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) August 6, 2018
How does Angel Hernandez still have a job? Pitch #7 is called a strike to end the ball game. pic.twitter.com/ACP4Y0xnjU
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) August 5, 2018
How Angel Hernandez is still a @MLB umpire I have absolutely no idea. He seems to get worse every time I see him and I didn’t think that was possible.
— Derek Togerson (@DerekNBCSD) August 5, 2018
Rizzo has a right to be ticked. That ball wasn't close. Angel Hernandez has been absolutely awful calling balls and strikes today.
— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) August 5, 2018
Angel Hernandez is a joke.
— Ted Pretty (@tedpretty) August 5, 2018