Another interesting aside to all of this.
The umpire said in the post game news conference [something that is almost NEVER done] that if you go back and watch him all night...that's how he calls the game. He said if you watch his "mechanic" [his word], you will see that's how he makes that call.
WRONG!!! In the 6th inning, Benji Molina struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt. The ump held his arm out perpendicular to the ground. When Pierizinski (sp) tagged him, the ump then clenched his fist and pumped his arm, "out".
In that 9th inning....Pierizinski (sp) struck out swinging...the ump held his arm out, perpendicular to the ground and then pumped his fist, "out"....even though there was no tag. Precedence in THAT GAME ALONE states that he calls an "out" when he clenches his fist.
The ump if full of crap. So, to me, he's scrambling to cover up his mistake. He is wrong.