The crowd was already disgruntled Saturday night when Adam Wainwright began his windup with two out in the eighth inning.
Throughout the game, disgust with plate umpire Dan Iassogna had mushroomed. Brad Hawpe didn't like Iassogna's strike zone. Neither did Yorvit Torrealba or owner Charlie Monfort, who voiced his complaints from above the dugout.
Against this backdrop of anger and boos, Wainwright delivered a two-strike curveball to Jason Giambi. Giambi thought it was low. Iassogna disagreed, calling him out as manager Jim Tracy jumped from his seat in shock.
That was the enduring image from the Rockies' stinging, 6-3 loss to the Cardinals before a paid crowd of 47,741 at Coors Field.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Cardinals clinch NL Central, Rockies whine about calls
While the St Louis Cardinals were clinching the National League Central Division title Saturday night, the Colorado Rockies were whining about the umpires' calls, according to the game account in the Denver Post: