Umpire on controversial strike 3 call: "Rizzo was right"

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Umpire on controversial strike 3 call:

Cubs fans are still talking about the final strike call during the disappointing 10-6 loss to the lowly San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo thought he coaxed a walk with two outs in the ninth inning with a man on but home plate umpire Angel Hernandez called it a final strike even though replays showed it clearly out of the zone.

Rizzo spoke with the media following the game and wanted Hernandez to look at the replay and confirmed what he called.

"That being said, that call is unacceptable. He told me to look at it, I looked at it, and he was wrong," Rizzo said. "And I would like for him to confirm that. That can't happen. That can't happen in the major leagues at Wrigley Field or any field."

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke with Angel Hernandez about the controversial play after the umpire had time to look at the replay.

"It was a cut fastball, three inches off the plate,” Hernandez said on Monday. “Rizzo was right.”

Hernandez wasn't upset about Rizzo's comments to the media or how he complained to him moments after the game.

“He’s a good person. I’m not perfect,” Hernandez said.

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