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Braves Bucs' beef: Braves win in 19 on tainted call

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The tag was frozen on the visiting team's clubhouse video monitor for all to see as the clock turned past 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The evidence was indisputable, too.

There was catcher Michael McKenry, in the middle of his 19th inning behind the plate, applying a swipe tag on Julio Lugo's right leg. Lugo was still several inches away from home plate. Umpire Jerry Meals appeared in good position to see the play.

But what was clearly seen on video replay somehow wasn't to Meals, who called Lugo safe to end the longest game in both the Braves' and Pirates' team histories on one of the most controversial calls in recent memory.

The 4-3 defeat at Turner Field was more than just loss No. 48 for the Pirates this season. It left an entire club visibly and vocally livid about being robbed of the opportunity to play on.

"There's always controversial calls that are really, really close," said Jeff Karstens, who had started the game hours earlier. "But I've never seen anything that bad. I don't really have a comment for it. Maybe he just didn't want to be here anymore.

"It's just a shame. You can't really put it into words. For some reason, somebody didn't want us to play anymore. So the game was ended."

The play in question came six hours and 39 minutes after Atlanta's Tommy Hanson threw the first of 599 pitches that would be tossed between the two clubs. It was inning No. 19 in a game that had been tied since the third. Pirates reliever Daniel McCutchen, who had been scheduled to have the night off, was in the middle of his sixth inning on the mound.
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I fell asleep on this game.


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This was the worst call I have EVER seen. I was watching it.




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I will have to see it on MLB TV highlights.


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That is ridiculous. They need to review that.


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Umpire says he made the wrong call. Little help that does for the Pirates right now.


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