There's about 500 words of recap I had ready for this game that I won't be using.
The Red Sox were handed a loss tonight. They should still be playing. Or maybe they should have won by now.
The two teams battled eachother to a 2-2 standstill for six innings before Rick Porcello gave up a solo shot to start the seventh. Then the Sox wasted a few big opportunities in the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
Then in the ninth, home plate umpire Ron Kulpa decided to hand the game to the Yankees.
Kulpa had been miserable all night. He had made multiple terrible calls throughout the game, punching out several Red Sox on pitches that were close but not strikes, and then others that were neither nor. But things came to a boiling point in the ninth with one out, the bases loaded, and David Ortiz at the plate. Miller fell behind 3-1, then threw a slider that completely crossed McCann up. At the end of the day, it looked bad, but it was an acceptable borderline call.
David Ortiz was incensed, John Farrell came out and got tossed getting between them. Ortiz returned to the plate, Miller delivered a pitch four inches below the strike zone, and Kulpa called him out. Chances are he would've done the same on a pickoff throw to first.
It was ball four. It was a run. Red Sox 3, Yankees 3. And Kulpa took that win, took that run, and decided that no, he would be the one deciding this game.
What a complete disgrace.
You can argue that the Red Sox should have won this game earlier. You can argue that without mistakes X, Y, or Z, they would have won this game in spite of Kulpa. But at the end of the day the fact is that the difference between a tie or a Red Sox win was Ron Kulpa being in equal parts incompetent and egocentric. There is no excuse for this madness when literally every single person watching at home has a better idea of both where the ball is and where the strike zone is then the man making the calls.
Fix your product, Major League Baseball. We don't come to watch the men in black.