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Pirates file complaint after 19-inning loss to Braves [Video]

July 27, 2011 | 10:40 am

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have filed a formal complaint over the controversial call that resulted in their 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves in 19 innings early Wednesday morning.

Pirates catcher Michael McKenry appeared to tag Braves runner Julio Lugo well before Lugo reached  the plate. But home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe, thus ending the longest game in Turner Field history at 6 hours, 39 minutes.

After the game, Meals admitted he might have made a mistake.

“I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area,” Meals said. “I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn't see a tag. ... I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg.”

The loss dropped the surprising Pirates one game behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central race.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Wednesday that the team realizes "that Mr. Meals' intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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