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Rangers’ Bruce Bochy ‘dumfounded’ over reversed call: ‘One of the worst’

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Bruce Bochy wasn’t mincing any words Tuesday night.

With the Rangers and White Sox locked in a 6-6 game in the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago looked primed to take the lead on a Zach Remillard single to left.

But Rangers left fielder Travis Jankowski came up with a perfect throw to the plate to nail Elvis Andrus before he could score the go-ahead run.

But the White Sox challenged the call, and after a review, it was determined Andrus was safe — and not because he beat the tag.

The call was overturned after replay officials determined catcher Jonah Heim blocked the plate, allowing the White Sox to score what proved to be the winning run in the 7-6 Chicago win.

A livid Bochy, who at first ripped off his cap in disbelief, came out of the dugout and was promptly ejected from the game before getting his money’s worth with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, left, reacts after manager Bruce Bochy was ejected by home plate umpire DJ Reyburn during the eighth inning of their game vs. the White Sox in Chicago on June 20.

After the game, Bochy still was livid over the decision by MLB replay officials.

Though the skipper understood it wasn’t the on-field umpires that made the final call, he was still displeased with the ultimate outcome.

“For that call to be made, I’m dumbfounded,” Bochy said to Bally Sports after the game. “It’s one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing.

“You can’t do that in that situation.”

Bochy also defended his catcher for how he handled the play at the plate and thought he handled it all properly.

“Jonah did a great job there,” Bochy said. “The throw took him to the left a little bit, sweep tag. I’m lost on this one.”

Bruce Bochy #15 of the Texas Rangers argues with umpires DJ Reyburn #17 and James Hoye #92 after a run was overturned due to a blocking the plate violation by Jonah Heim #28
Bruce Bochy of the Rangers argues with umpires D.J. Reyburn and James Hoye.
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The irony of the decision is the rule that decided this call was put in place in part because of the horrific collision in 2011 that broke then-Giants catcher Buster Posey’s leg — when Bochy was the San Francisco manager.

Despite the tough loss, the Rangers still hold a five-game lead in the American League West.

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