LeBron James’ big block of a shot by Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo at the end of Game 5 should have resulted in a goaltending call, the NBA acknowledged Thursday.
The NBA noted in its Last Two Minute Report that referees missed the call when James blocked Oladipo’s shot after the ball made contact with the backboard.
Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett even got in on the act, tweeting out an image of an executive order outlawing goaltending — “for every player, on every team” — on Thursday.
Oh – one more thing. By executive order, I am proud to outlaw goaltending in the City of Indianapolis… for every player, on every team.
So, Happ still comes out slightly ahead of Baez in my latest rankings — though the gap between them has shrunk. As we get more and more data points, the rankings will continue to change. They’re just a snapshot in time and may look a bit off from current reality to some, depending on when you took the picture. May I remind you that Baez was hitting just .191 a mere seven games ago?
And for what it’s worth, Happ has started this week hitting .429 with a home run and three of Chicago’s 11 runs scored for a total of eight fantasy points (ESPN standard scoring). Baez is hitting .444, scoring once in the team’s two games for a total of six fantasy points. Let the debate continue!
Candelario homered, doubled and scored five runs for Detroit. Leonys Martin led off the game with his third home run of the season, and James McCann also went deep as the Tigers won for the sixth time in eight games.
Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight. Francisco Cervelli had three hits and a career-high six RBI, including a three-run homer in the third inning. His two-run double in the eighth pulled the Pirates within 12-10.
Corey Dickerson also had three hits for Pittsburgh, and Colin Moran homered.
Daniel Stumpf (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first major league win. Shane Greene pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save in six opportunities.
Jameson Taillon (2-2) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He has been tagged for 12 runs in 5 1/3 innings in losing his last two starts after pitching a combined 15 scoreless innings to win his previous two outings.
“A lot of strikes and my stuff felt really good, but I felt like the mistakes I made all got punished,” Taillon said. “At this level, you can’t make mistakes.”
Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann lasted just three innings, giving up six runs and six hits.
“I thought I threw the ball well, but the results weren’t there,” Zimmermann said. “It’s frustrating.”