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Umpire Joyce Misses Call At 1st Base In NLDS

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  MLB umpire Jim Joyce and pitcher Armando Gallaraga speak onstage during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 14: MLB umpire Jim Joyce and pitcher Armando Gallaraga speak onstage during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s another umpiring call that went the St. Louis Cardinals way this postseason.

And it’s not the first time TV replays show umpire Jim Joyce missed a call at first base.

Joyce ruled Nationals batter Danny Espinosa out when he bunted with a runner on and no outs in the second inning of Wednesday’s Game 3 of Washington’s NL division series against St. Louis. Nationals manager Davey Johnson came out to argue as fans booed.

The Cardinals benefited from a disputed infield-fly rule call in their wild-card game victory at the Atlanta Braves last week. Fans at that game responded by tossing trash on the field.

Joyce is best known for blowing a call at first base to ruin Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga’s bid for a perfect game in 2010.

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