The Yankees beat the Twins in game 2 of the ALDS on 10/9 by a score of 4-3 in 11 innings. Many people are going to be blaming the Umpire for blowing a call in the top of the 11th. Mauer hit a liner down the left field line and it looked like it hit Melky Cabrera’s glove and it undoubtedly landed in fair territory and bounced in the stands. The umpire standing on the left field line, looking directly at the play called it a foul ball. The Twins went on to load the bases with no outs in that inning, but they did not score a run.
Yes, the Twins would most likely have scored in that inning, but it is not why they lost the game. The Twins left a runner on base in every single inning of the game (17 in total). They out hit the Yankees 12-7, they out walked the Yankees 7-3 , and they took more balls for the team 2-0. To sum it up, the Twins had 21 base runners to the Yankees 10. The Twins lost the game themselves, not because of one call. The Yankees were far more efficient scoring 40% of their base runners and the Twins scored a measly 14%. The Twins, or any team for that matter, cannot throw away that many opportunities against the Yankees and expect to win the game.
So, yes I agree the game might have been a 5-4 game if the Umpire didn’t blow the call, but the Twins were not going to win that game the way they were playing. They had the Yankees where they would want them, only 1 pitcher left in the pen, but they failed to capitalize several times and that is why they lost, not because of one call.