Even on that last play, which started with an amazing play by Pedroia, there was failure: Saltalamacchia made a wild throw and Middlebrooks failed to reach it. It was understandable. It was baseball. The best players in the world will fail, but they also make amazing plays. Umpires do not have to make amazing plays. They just have to get the calls right. Three years after the low point of his professional life, Jim Joyce showed he has learned. This time, he was right.