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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Balk plates tiebreaking run, lifts Diamondbacks over Dodgers

PHOENIX (AP) — A balk by Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia sent home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and helped the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win over Los Angeles on Friday night.

With one out, Garcia (1-4) stepped off the rubber, turned abruptly to check Arizona’s Adam Jones at first base and didn’t throw over. The move was called a balk and allowed Tim Locastro to trot home from third base.

Archie Bradley (4-5) earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Josh Rojas’ first big league home run tied the game at 4-all. Eduardo Escobar also homered for Arizona.

The game ended with a little drama as Escobar nearly booted a hard grounder to third by Justin Turner but recovered and threw out Turner at first base, stranding two runners.

As a side-note, this victory ended a record-setting streak by the Diamondbacks where they were within two games of .500 for over two months.

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 04:18 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. kcgard2 Posted: August 31, 2019 at 07:14 AM (#5875857)
If he stepped off the rubber, that's not a balk.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: August 31, 2019 at 08:36 AM (#5875865)

If he stepped off the rubber, that's not a balk.


You're right, but the report was wrong. He didn't step off.
   3. Sunday silence Posted: August 31, 2019 at 08:39 AM (#5875868)
Title needs the word "accidentally" in it.
   4. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 31, 2019 at 01:03 PM (#5875916)
Depends which way he stepped off. If he stepped back you’re right, if he stepped forward then he has to throw to first.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: August 31, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5875924)

Depends which way he stepped off. If he stepped back you’re right, if he stepped forward then he has to throw to first.



This was a single-move pivot, taking his right foot to the side. Roberts didn't even try to argue.

   6. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 31, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5875941)
Just watched it, what the #### was he doing? That’s just a brain fart right there. That’s one of those moments you just really hope a sinkhole opens under the pitchers mound and swallows you up.

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