Cubs manager Joe Maddon had harsh words for umpire Laz Diaz after the veteran arbiter appeared to fail badly in a big spot Friday night.

Maddon was frustrated that Diaz called a 3-2 pitch by Dillon Maples to the Cardinals’ Harrison Bader in the 10th inning a ball even though it looked like a strike.

The call in question is #6 below, the green dot. 

“It wasn’t even a borderline pitch. It was a strike,” Maddon said, per the Chicago Tribune.

Maddon is not in the “robot umps” camp. He just wants Diaz and every other ump to do better. 

Maddon did admit Chicago’s offense didn’t do enough in the team’s 2-1 loss, but he put more of the blame on that one call in the bottom of the 10th.

Time to automate the strike zone. 

Human error happens way too often in a game of inches. 

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