Downs not happy with strike call
Versatile Astros infielder Matt Downs was fit to be tied following Tuesday night’s 11-9 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field. Downs struck out with runners at second and third base in the ninth inning and believed he had drawn a walk on a 3-1 pitch that was inside and called a strike by CB Bucknor.
“The 3-1 I thought was a ball way, way, way, way in and I came back and looked at the video and the ball is not just a ball off the plate, but real inside,” Down said. “It changes the game completely when you go from 3-1, walk to 3-2 and a strikeout. I get tired of umpires going back to the hotel and smoking their cigars and thinking they did a good job on the night and I have to go back on a failure after I feel like I walked 3-1 instead of punching out out 3-2. Some kind of action has got to be taken on a bonehead called like that.”
Downs asked Bucknor if the ball was inside.
“I said ‘I think that ball’s in,’” he said. “He told me if I didn’t swing next time it would be a 3-2 strikeout. So he told me it was a strike all the way, a great pitch. After looking at the film, I realize it was not.”
Downs would like to see umpires held more accountable for their calls.
“My stats are put in the paper every day and everybody knows if I fail or succeed,” he said. “I think some kind of action has got to be taken to where we realize if the guy’s blown a call or not and he’s held accountable.”