Ron Kulpa Bad Call: Umpire Mistake Allows Cardinals To Score Four Runs In World Series Game 3 (VIDEO)
By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A missed call by first base umpire Ron Kulpa has helped the St. Louis Cardinals score four runs in the fourth inning during Game 3 of the World Series.
After Albert Pujols led off with a single Saturday night, Matt Holliday hit a perfect double-play ball. The Texas Rangers seemed to turn it, too, with first baseman Mike Napoli catching a high toss and slapping a tag on Holliday's left shoulder before he reached the bag.
Replays clearly showed Holliday was out. But Kulpa called Holliday safe, drawing an argument from Napoli and Texas manager Ron Washington. The Cardinals took advantage and took a 5-0 lead.
The Series is tied at one game each. In the opener, Kulpa missed a call at third base, ruling a ball was caught in the air when it actually bounced. That mistake did not lead to any runs.