WATCH: Tony Kemp gets rung up in ninth inning on brutal strike call
|Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 11:44 PM- -|
PHILADELPHIA — In Tuesday's contest at Citizens Bank Park between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cubs' ninth-inning comeback attempt was hindered by a highly questionable strike call. Following a hit by pitch that started off the frame, Cubs pinch hitter Tony Kemp struck out looking as a result of a brutal strike-three call.
Kemp was beside himself after home-plate umpire Marty Foster called a strike on a 1-2 pitch from Phillies reliever Hector Neris that was clearly high and outside. Cubs beat writer Jesse Rogers of ESPN tweeted out that ESPN's statistics department listed the pitch that resulted in the questionable strike call as having, based on the history of the pitch, literally no chance of being called strike, yet it was. The Cubs went on to come up empty-handed in the ninth and lose 4-2.
According to @ESPNStatsInfo the strike 3 call on Kemp in the 9th inning had a 0.00 percent chance of being called a strike. (Based on history of that pitch)— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 14, 2019