We begin with Game 2 of the Best-of-Five series, with Sugar Land holding a one game lead in the set: With one out and baserunner Brandon Chaves on first in the top of the ninth inning of a 10-9 ballgame, York hoped to mount a comeback and was down to its final two outs of Game 2. Revolution batter Michael Rockett hit a ground ball to third base, for what could have the makings of a game-ending around-the-horn double play...except that Skeeters second baseman Delwyn Young's throw to first was wild.
|Umpires turn to the phone to check a rule.|
When the crew asked if either manager had a rulebook, Gaetti jogged back to the dugout and instructed his staff, "Get Jeff on the phone," before the Skeeters management appeared in the front row with his laptop. After consultation via phone and computer, Frame's call was upheld and the game resumed with two outs, R1, ending via fly-out one batter later. (Video via "read more".)
Although the Atlantic League replaced the Dorantes-Moorehead-Frame-Galloway umpiring crew for Game 3 of the series, that didn't alleviate or eliminate the controversy.
|High throw at first base during RLI play.|
When the umpires ordered York baserunner R1 Andres Perez, standing on second base, back to first base as the result of Tejada's interference, Mason protested the game, claiming that Perez should have remained at second base (by rule, Tejada's return to first base was proper).
|HP Umpire Nate Caldwell ejects Frank Gailey.|
Game 3 Video Link: RLI on Tejada & protest (1:29:30).
Game 3 Video Link: Gailey ejection (2:04:10).
Game 3 Video Link: Mason physical ejection (2:07:00).
The bunt play (R1 and R2, none out), in which the defense easily retired the batter-runner, drew Mason's ire, which might not have been about the play itself, but an accumulation of frustration regarding the entire series, and concluded with Mason's Revolution having been swept by Gaetti's Sugar Land Skeeters, three games to none.
Replays indicate Mason physically grabbed and shoved aside intervening 1B Umpire Tom Gandolfo during the ejection argument to conclude one of the oddest multi-day sequences in professional baseball.