2022 World Series: Umpire Pat Hoberg calls ‘perfect game’ behind plate in Game 2

2022 World Series: Umpire Pat Hoberg calls ‘perfect game’ behind plate in Game 2

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Major League Baseball umpires have a huge responsibility to get every call right during the World Series. And with the advancement of replays and challenges in MLB, umpires are under more fire than ever when they make a bad call.

For shortstop Pat Hoberg, he was able to stay even and call a “perfect game” in Game 2 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies i Houston Astros on Saturday. According to the Umpire Scorecards Twitter accountHoberg hit each of the game’s 129 pitches in the Astros’ 5-2 victory.

Not bad for the 36-year-old Hoberg, who called his first career World Series game after serving as the reserve umpire in Game 1 of the World Series.

Earlier in the 2022 season, Hoberg was one missed call away from calling a “perfect game” when he went 122-for-123 in a game between the Phillies and the Phillies. Colorado Rockies. His only flaw was a strike that had called a ball.

“Getting the call is one thing,” Hoberg he told the Des Moines Register before the World Series began. “I’ve got to go out and perform now and do the best I can and hopefully that happens and we get the whole series.”

Hoberg had previously arbitrated 371 MLB games as a call-up umpire before being promoted to full-time MLB roster umpire in 2017.

The Astros used three consecutive doubles to jump all over the Phillies Zack Wheeler to start Game 2. Houston eventually jumped out to a 5-0 lead and this time was able to hold on to it for a 5-2 win in Game 2. The series resumes Monday night in Philadelphia for in game 3.

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