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Pirates Vs. Braves: Teams React To Jerry Meals' Blown Call

Needless to say, the controversial ending to the Pirates-Braves game Wednesday morning has the baseball world buzzing, but few are buzzing louder than members of the two teams.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise quotes Clint Hurdle.

"The game deserved better," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle shortly after the Pirates, 4-3, 19-inning loss to the Braves. "You'd like to see the game finished by the players, win or lose, and for it to end that way, is as disappointing as it gets in a game

"You had every player in the game and for it to end that way... the game deserves better than that. The game tonight deserved way better than that."

The Associated Press has Julio Lugo, the man that scored the winning run on Jerry Meals' call.

"I didn't feel the tag," Lugo said. "He made the right call. I got in there."

The AP also has the pitcher at the time of the call, Daniel McCutchen.

"Can I say that he was out? Is that legal?" McCutchen asked, adding he saw the tag.

The Braves' David Ross via Jenifer Langosch

"I don’t know how I’d handle that being a catcher if he did tag him and he was out. That’d be a tough one to swallow. You grind it out. That kid, the whole team, but the catcher caught 19 innings. That’s a lot to swallow when you’re grinding it out, calling the game."

The Pirates' Joel Hanrahan on Twitter

Wow, what a tough way to end a game! Can't say enough about our Bullpen boys today!!! Mckenry had a helluva game too! Shake it off??less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply


I usually like to come home and turn on @espn but I just can't do it tonight, see y'all tomorrow #battlingbuccosless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply


Finally, the Pirates' Paul Maholm on Twitter.

Just saw a gorilla take a dump my day is complete. Hahaless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply


Oops. Pardon me. That was from earlier in the day. Here we go.

Unbelievable game. I have never seen anything like it. Thats all I got. #battlingbuccos Back at it in a few hoursless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

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