Sunday, May 25, 2014

2014 No-Hitter 1: Brian Knight (2; Josh Beckett) & Replay

Josh Beckett's no-hitter with plate umpire Brian Knight presiding Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia marked the first no-hitter of the 2014 MLB season. Knight was joined by Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth (1B), Manny Gonzalez (2B) and Seth Buckminster (3B). This is Beckett's first career no-hitter, a career-high 12-pitch performance.

Saturday's was Knight's second plate no-hitter (Jon Lester, 5/19/2008) and the first MLB no-hitter since July 14, 2013 (Mark Wegner; Tim Lincecum). Knight is the only member of this crew to have called a no-hitter.

Knight received 77 callable pitches from Lincecum, a total of 48 balls and 29 called strikes; the look:

Balls: 46 called balls outside of strike zone / 2 called balls within strike zone = 46/48 = 95.8% Accuracy.
Strikes: 26 called strikes inside strike zone / 3 called strikes outside strike zone = 26/29 = <90.0% Accuracy.
Total Raw Accuracy Score = 72/77 = 93.5% Accuracy (+1 in favor of LA Dodgers/Beckett).
Pitch f/x plot courtesy Brooks Baseball. NOTICE: This is a non-normalized plot and is not the basis for analysis!
MLB Instant Replay Review 367: Fieldin Culbreth (04)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Fieldin Culbreth's safe call in the top of the 3rd inning of the Dodgers-Phillies game. With one out and one on, Dodgers batter Andre Ethier hit a 0-1 sinker from Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett on the ground to third baseman Cesar Hernandez, who threw to second baseman Chase Utley to first baseman Ryan Howard as Ethier arrived at first base, Dodgers baserunner R1 Adrian Gonzalez out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Culbreth' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Dodgers were leading, 2-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 6-0.

This is Fieldin Culbreth (25)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth's 19th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 367th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg's 13th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 188/367 (.512 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 5/25/14 (Beckett: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO)
Video: Play stands; Ethier is safe at first base following a three-minute review on DP attempt (PHI)


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