Ben Zobrist calls for e-zone after called third strike ends game – ESPN

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PHOENIX — Chicago Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist has been in favor of an electronic strike zone for several years, and the Strike 3 call on him to end Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks will only fortify his stance on the matter.

The slider from reliever David Hernandez looked decidedly low, but plate umpire Mark Wegner rang Zobrist up to end a Cubs rally.

“It’s a tough one,” Zobrist said after the game. “There’s only been one other one [in 2013] I’ve ever had in my career that felt worse than that, especially to end the game. It’s tough.

“I was a little confused and shocked to what the call was. I said, ‘What did we have on that?’ He said, ‘I had it for a strike.'”

Patrick Corbin pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run, and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 6-2 on Saturday night, cutting Chicago’s NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.

The Cubs were down 6-0 entering the ninth inning but scored twice and chased closer Fernando Rodney before Zobrist stepped to the plate. The struggling World Series MVP needed to reach base for the tying run to come to the plate. Instead, he and his manager were left shaking their heads as they walked off the field.

“I really know Mark knows he messed it up,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I don’t think anyone feels worse than he does right now. It was a ball, obviously. I’m not going to sit here and rail on him. I think he’s a very good umpire.”

The loss dropped the Cubs into a first-place tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central, and Zobrist’s frustration didn’t end with that one

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