Kansas City lost 4-3 on Sunday when the host Chicago White Sox scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth, but Royals manager Mike Matheny doesn’t believe the original call was right, nor the review that let the call stand.
With runners on first and third and two out, a pitch from Royals closer Wade Davis was in the dirt and kicked a few feet away from catcher Cam Gallagher and into foul territory up the first-base line.
Gallagher chased it down and made a dive toward Chicago’s Jose Abreu, who slid feet-first into home and appeared to try to swipe the plate with his left hand as he went by, after Gallagher’s attempted tag.
“I walked in here and had two different camera angles with this guy out. Tagged before he ever touched the plate. Very obvious. I don’t know what they’re doing, backing each other up, whatever it is. It’s wrong,” Matheny said.
“If we’re going to use video replay, there needs to be some accountability,” he said at one point, adding that one of the angles on a replay showed Abreu’s jersey moving when Gallagher made the tag.
The Royals led 3-2 going into the ninth, but the White Sox tied the game on a ground-rule double by Tim Anderson and a single by Yoan Moncada.
With one out, Abreu was hit by a pitch, and Yermin Mercedes hit a single, but Moncada was thrown out at the plate. Abreu took third on the play.
The Royals settled for a split of the four-game series. They are 18-22 and in third place in the AL Central, 6 1/2 games behind the White Sox.