TORONTO — Jose Bautista and fans of the Toronto Blue Jays want answers.
Rally towels - given out to fans before the game - rained down on the field Friday after Toronto lost to the Rangers 6-4 in 14 innings and Texas took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series. The Rangers' winning run was Rougned Odor, who was singled home by Hanser Alberto.
Odor may have been tagged out by Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki during the previous at bat. Replays showed that Tulowitzki had applied a tag while Odor slid back in to the base after Chris Gimenez's single to Bautista in right field.
However, Odor's foot bounced off the base as the shortstop tried to get his glove down on the Rangers runner's outstretched leg. Whether or not Odor got his foot back on the bag fast enough or if Tulowitzki tagged him in time was debatable.
Umpires on the field called Odor safe and video review from Major League Baseball's offices in New York City upheld that decision, although fans at Rogers Centre loudly voiced their displeasure with coarse chants.
"I saw it during the game. They replayed it on the big screen,'' said Bautista. "I would like to hear an answer from the replay booth in New York on why they made the decision. I know that's not part of the protocol and it seems pretty convenient that it's not.
"Will we ever get an answer? Will our fans ever get an answer? I don't know. Maybe you should ask the people that are in charge."
Rangers manager Jeff Banister thought that the officials made the right call. He said that even if the umpires had ruled Odor out after the review he would have respected the decision.
"We felt like that he was on the bag, that's what we thought of it," said Banister. "I mean, obviously the call stood, so that's part of the game. That's what we do as far as this game and replay and it's here.
"So hey, if it goes the other way, we live with it, we move on."
Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza was also regularly booed by Blue Jays fans for his strike zone. Toronto hitters were visibly frustrated with some of his called strikes, with many stopping to exchange words with him before returning to the dugout.
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin saw Carapazza's strike zone both as a hitter and from behind the plate and thought it was inconsistent.
"I felt like there were some pitches that (starting pitcher Marcus Stroman) - especially Stroman early in the game - I felt like he was throwing pitches over the plate and we weren't getting the calls," said Martin. "I'm pretty sure if it's a regular-season game there's a pretty good chance I'm getting thrown out of that game."
Stroman, who threw seven innings with five strikeouts and four runs, three of them earned, was more guarded.
"No comment," said the 24-year-old right-hander.
"I don't get into that either," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons of the strike zone. "There was complaining on both sides, but that's behind us."
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez had calls go for him and against him. Rangers centre-fielder Delino DeShields Jr., was visibly angry after Sanchez struck him out with an outside pitch to lead off the 13th inning.
Three batters later, Sanchez was obviously displeased when he didn't get a third strike against pinch hitter Mike Napoli, who eventually ground out to Toronto second baseman Ryan Goins.
"Sometimes umpires just have a hard time seeing the ball and getting a feel for it," said Martin, who spoke at length about how the umpires were trying their best. "Then we had some questionable calls against our own hitters.
"It's definitely frustrating but we had tons of opportunities to win that game. You can't really blame the umpire."
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