The Memphis coaching staff, led by manager Chris Maloney – who, incidentally, was ejected during the 5th inning last night – is protesting the scoring decision and has filed a formal appeal to the Pacific Coast League office. A final decision could be made within the next 24-48 hours.
Moments after celebrating his historic performance, Mendoza was notified that a ninth-inning error by left fielder David Lough had been changed to a hit, and his no-hitter was no more. One hour later it was back to a no-no, this time apparently for good. The reversal and subsequent “un-reversal” left Storm Chasers players, coaches, management and fans riding a roller coaster of emotions, with nobody sure of how to react.
The Storm Chasers’ Twitter and Facebook pages saw a flurry of activity throughout the late evening, as word spread first of the no-hitter, then the error-to-hit change and later the hit-to-error reversal. One thing was certain; nobody had ever seen anything quite like this in their baseball-viewing lives.
Even as the no-hitter became official again, there remained a window open that could result in a reversal of the un-reversal. As explained in the league rules, should a team or scorer request a league review of a play, there could be additional action taken to either recommend or mandate a change. In the unlikely scenario it reaches that point, more controversy could erupt.
With the victory – that, in fact, is not up for review – the Storm Chasers (53-43, 9-4 head-to-head) clinched the divisional tie-breaker over the Redbirds (49-47, 4-9 head-to-head) and increased their lead in the American Conference Northern Division to four games over Memphis. Omaha is also 10 games above .500 for the first time during the 2011 campaign.