Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp took issue with the strike zone of umpire Dale Scott in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, calling it one of the worst he has ever seen.
Kemp and Scott got into an argument in the ninth inning of the game after Kemp struck out. Kemp went for 0-4 with two strikeouts in the Cardinals’ 3-1 victory. Los Angeles now finds itself on the brink of elimination, trailing the best-of-five series two game to one. Game 4 is Tuesday.
"Terrible, terrible strikezone,” Kemp said, according to USA Today. "I've never, ever seen anything like it. It's disappointing. You got guys out there battling. These are two good teams going out there. It's supposed to be against the teams, not the umpire."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also had issues with Scott’s strike zone.
"I thought Dale was very generous,'' Mattingly said. "We had a lot of guys complaining about the strike zone. And we felt like he was really generous. And it puts you in a bind. You keep giving pitchers, changing counts. Obviously, you can't go too far with it, but real generous."
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