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Porter apologizes for missed call

Sep 20, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

It won't change anything — certainly not the outcome of the game — but umpire Alan Porter did apologize to Davey Johnson and admit to blowing a crucial call at the plate during the fourth inning last night at Nationals Park.

Johnson said the apology came later during the game, with Porter admitting he should not have credited the Dodgers with a run on a play in which the third out was recorded at third base before another runner crossed the plate.

"He said, 'I'm sorry I messed it up,'" Johnson revealed this afternoon. "They're good guys. I don't have a beef with them. But when you miss one, get help. He got help, and they still didn't get it right."

On the play in question, Porter counted a run scored by Matt Kemp even though the Dodgers slugger was 10 feet short of the plate when teammate Adrian Gonzalez was tagged out near third base by Ryan Zimmerman.

Porter didn't make any call until Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to raise the question, at which point the entireRead more »

  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    What made Porter think Kemp crossed in time. That is what I have yet to figure out.

  2. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Thanks, Mark. And I appreciate the apology.

  3. Scooter - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    MNF, if I hadn't watched Kemp, I would have guessed he scored, because a) he had a good lead off third, b) he's much faster than Gonzalez, and c) Gonzalez slowed up a bit to avoid the tag.In fact, I didn't watch Kemp, so I wasn't surprised that they said he scored. Didn't see a replay till I got home.Not excusing. But you wanted to know why he thought he scored. I think that's why.

  4. Scooter - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    What I mean to say is, if I just had no idea whether Kemp scored (which I didn't), because I wasn't paying attention (which I wasn't), and so I had to make an educated guess (which I did), I would have made the same guess that the umpire made.He, of course, shouldn't have to guess, but we already established that.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    On first viewinh I saw him jogging and when Zim tagged AGon he was leaaving the screen so it was obvious he was not close and I knew that long before I saw a replay. When did he talk to Johnson? During game? He left field to see it?

  6. Scooter - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    I don't know what to tell you, MNF. Clearly the man should be shot. Okay?

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