Baseball Criticizes Umpires’ Decision Second Time in Two Days

Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games for failing to follow the rules involving replacing pitchers in a game between the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros.

Culbreth and his crew -- Brian O’Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson -- also were fined for the indiscretion in the bottom of the seventh inning on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The umpires allowed Houston manager Bo Porter to replace reliever Wesley Wright with reliever Hector Ambriz before Wright had pitched to a batter. Baseball’s rules required that Wright pitch to at least one batter.

The game was played under protest when Angels manager Mike Scioscia lodged a complaint. The Angels rallied to win the game 6-5.

The previous night, umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew didn’t reverse a call after a video replay showed Adam Rosales of the Oakland Athletics should have been credited with a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians. The umpires upheld the original call of a double, saying the ball didn’t clear the left-field wall and the Athletics lost 4-3.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin was ejected when he complained about the call, and MLB issued a statement saying the umpires were wrong in not awarding the home run although the final score wasn’t changed.

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