Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt had initially said Darvish's pitch hit Smith's bat, but he changed the call after Smith's pleading.
"I committed one of the two errors that normally result in missing a play," Wendelstedt said. "You have good positioning, which I had, and good timing. Most of the time you're going to get them, most of the time, right. I had really bad timing. As soon as my hands were out, I knew that I missed it."