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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Joe Torre Confirms Nationals Hurt By Blown Call In NLDS Game 5

The Nats bizarre, bewildering and sometimes-Byzantine Game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs included more than a bit of controversy, most of it taking place during Max Scherzer’s disastrous four-run fifth inning. And the controversy concerned whether, with two outs and two strikes, Javier Baez should have been allowed to run to first on a passed-ball swinging strike three, since his bat made contact with catcher Matt Wieters.

The rule book seemed clear:

  If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.

Wieters felt the same way; “I believed I was protected under the rule,” he said, and the Nationals did not think there was space for umpire discretion. (Read Kilgore’s breakdown from that night. See also, Jorge Castillo’s breakdown of the entire inning.)

Let the second-guessing resume!

Bote Man Posted: October 26, 2017 at 05:03 PM | 41 comment(s)
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