Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi on 9th-Inning Call: ‘I Thought It Was a Strike’ {WATCH}

Boston, MA – October 5, 2021 – Fenway Park: Nathan Eovaldi (17) of the Boston Red Sox during the 2021 American League Wild Card game.
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Boston fans are crying foul after the 9-2 loss in Game 4 of the ALCS Tuesday.

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi’s dropped a hammer curveball which Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro let go by.  The ball caught the outside corner and according to, home plate umpire Laz Diaz never signaled the punchout that would have left the score tied at 2 heading into the home half of the inning.


“I thought it was a strike, but again, I’m in the moment. I’m trying to make my pitches,” Eovaldi said after the game. “I’m attacking the zone.

“I felt like I was in control of the at-bat. Felt like I made a good pitch on the outside corner. Didn’t go my way, but I got to answer back and make another good pitch.”


Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he had not watched video of Diaz’s call before speaking with the media.

“I’m not going to get thrown out of this game, but we thought that pitch was a strike and he disagreed with us, but that’s a tough job,” Cora said. “I don’t think — yeah, it changes — if it’s a strike, it changes the whole thing, right, but I think we had chances early on.”


What do you think? Was it a strike?