— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) April 18, 2019
Thursday was a long, frustrating day for the Giants as they fell to the Washington Nationals, 4-2, in the series finale.
Most of the anger had to do with the umpiring.
In the fifth inning, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected after Brandon Belt was called out on strikes. He was the fourth Giants hitter to strike out looking at that point in the game.
Two innings later, Belt struck out looking again. This time, he went off on umpire Ryan Additon, who promptly ejected Belt as soon as he threw his helmet to the ground.
Belt had a case.
Brandon Belt has been ejected. Plate umpire Ryan Additon went that way instead of responding with, "You know, I see your point Brandon. That pitch wasn't a strike. Thank you for the honest critique." pic.twitter.com/z1eILVqFCW
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) April 18, 2019
After the game, Belt sounded off on the call and talked about holding umpires accountable.
“As big leaguers, we make adjustments,” Belt told reporters. “(Additon) has got to do the same thing. We put too much into this game to have at-bats taken away. Everybody out there is human. Everyone makes mistakes. But when you do it time and time again, something has to be done.
“It’s a game of centimeters, and when you’re off by an inch or two, to us, that’s not close. At no point was it a strike. I could see if it crosses the plate at one point, and I’m not sure those were the only two of the day. (Tyler) Austin, I know (Kevin) Pillar, he wasn’t happy. I hate to come out here and blame the whole game on that. We didn’t lose because of that, but you hate to see it taken away. You’ll never know what would’ve happened.”