Blown calls plaguing playoffs

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy was in favor of using instant replay in major league baseball a few days ago.

"I just think it’s all about getting it right," Bochy said Wednesday. "Umpires are human, and they may not see a call that may dictate who wins the game. So why not get it right?"

That’s what he thought the day before a blown call Thursday was instrumental in his Giants beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of a National League division series.

The Giants scored on Cody Ross’ two-out single that drove in Buster Posey in the fourth inning. But replays clearly showed that Posey was tagged out at second base on an attempted steal before the hit by Ross.

After the game, Bochy revised his position, saying he wants replay only for some situations — like plays at the plate and balls hit down the lines, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported.

"You start to slow the game down when you start reviewing every play," he said.

Surprisingly, veteran Atlanta manager Bobby Cox agreed.

"It’s fine the way it is," Cox said after the game. "We’d be arguing and throwing red flags 10 times a night."

Posey’s tainted stolen base wasn’t the only miscue that replay could have corrected after two days of the playoffs.

In the opener of the New York-Minnesota series Wednesday, Yankees right fielder Greg Golson made a great, ninth-inning catch on a sinking liner by the Twins’ Delmon Young, only to have it ruled a trap.

On Thursday, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ejected after an umpire said Texas batter Michael Young held up on a check-swing with two strikes in the fifth inning. Young smacked a three-run homer on the next pitch.

■ TWINS’ GOOD NEWS — Minnesota cannot tie the Boston Red Sox for the longest losing streak in baseball postseason history this year.

A loss today would make it 12 straight for the Twins and end their season so they can’t match Boston’s streak of 13 in a row. A win, obviously, would end the Twins’ drought.

Hey, that’s some good news for Minnesota. Right?

■ BAD TEAM, GOOD BETS — Gary Mercer might be the only Pittsburgh Pirates fan smiling about the team’s 57-105 record, the worst in baseball. reports Mercer bet $20 that the Pirates would lose each game. The return on his investment of $3,250 was 9.98 percent, or about $325.

That led a reader of, the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, to post: "If only we had known that before the 49ers’ season began!"

■ SEX BOYCOTT URGED — Someone on the New Mexico State campus conjured a way to motivate its football team heading into today’s game with rival New Mexico.

Early this week several X-rated posters were hung around the Las Cruces campus urging a complete boycott of sexual encounters with Aggies football players.

The team is 0-5 this year and won once last season, so the call for abstinence probably will continue, leaving the fans as the only ones, uh, getting screwed.


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