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Umps Hand Braves Victory After Egregious Call At the Plate

Jul 27, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

The worse baseball call you'll see all year. And it helped the Braves!

The Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a marathon affair on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning that lasted 19 innings and ended just before 2:00 am in Atlanta.

In one of the worse pieces of umpiring ever seen, homeplate ump Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe at the plate when he looked out by about two whole seconds.

Buccos Manager Clint Hurdle and Twitter were equally unhappy.

Some sample tweets and video of the play:

Video by SportsGrid

“At the moment he called Lugo safe, had Lugo actually touched the plate, after being tagged out twice?” -ESPN’s Buster Olney

“Don’t blame the Pirates for being angry. That was an awful way for that game to end.” -ESPN’s Buster Olney

“Jerry Meals just made the worst officiating call in the history of organized athletics. He should be suspended immediately.” -CSN’s Casey Feeney

“Umpire Jerry Meals should be fired for badly blowing play at plate in pirates’ 19 inning loss to Braves.” -Phillies beat writer Randy Miller

“Pirates color guy just said “I’m sorry folks if you stayed up to watch this.” -Internet Addict Petzrawr

In rougher news for the Braves, catcher Brian McCann is headed to the 15-day DL with a strained oblique.

Gif by @Jose3030

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