Umpire Report Suggests Missed Calls Played Huge Factor in San Francisco Giants Loss

It seems like the San Francisco Giants might still have their winning streak in tact if it weren't for poor calls based on the umpire report following Tuesday's game.
Apr 12, 2024; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin
Apr 12, 2024; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Giants lost a tough game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday where they were in control for virtually the entire contest until they coughed it up in the ninth inning.

For a team who continues to fight an uphill battle to get themselves into a playoff position, these are the types of games they can't afford to drop.

However, it seems like them blowing the game on Tuesday wasn't only their fault.

According to Umpire Scorecards that was released on social media platform X, there were 12 missed calls that resulted in the Pirates benefitting to the tune of 1.2 runs.

One of the most impactful missed calls came in the bottom of the ninth inning where things went off the rails for San Francisco.

With their star closer Camilo Doval on the mound looking to keep their winning streak alive, umpire Dan Bellino called the second pitch of the at-bat against Bryan Reynolds a ball when it was clearly in the strike zone.

At this point in the game, the Giants still led 6-4 with one out and the bases loaded.

If called correctly, the count would have been 0-2, giving Doval a major advantage.

Instead, Reynolds was able to drive in a run to cut the lead to one after grounding into a fielder's choice.

Again, the poor calls that were negatively skewed against the Giants weren't the sole reason why they lost. They held a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, something that should have been closed out.

But, this does point to how important of a role the umpires play in these tight games, and San Francisco was on the wrong side of things that haulted their momentum after it looked like they had started to figure things out.

With Blake Snell returning from the injured list and starting on Wednesday, they're hoping he can showcase his two-time Cy Young-winning form and earn them a victory that gets them back on track.

Brad Wakai


Brad Wakai graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Journalism. While an undergrad, he did work at the student radio station covering different Penn State athletic programs like football, basketball, volleyball, soccer and other sports. Brad currently is the Lead Contributor for Nittany Lions Wire of Gannett Media where he continues to cover Penn State athletics. He is also a contributor at FanSided, writing about the Philadelphia 76ers for The Sixers Sense. Brad is the host of the sports podcast I Said What I Said, discussing topics across the NFL, College Football, the NBA and other sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @bwakai