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Friday, April 02, 2021

It was Dodgers’ first 2021 HR ... until it wasn’t

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger hit a long fly ball to left field on a Germán Márquez slider. Because the game is being played at hitter-friendly Coors Field, it appeared as if the ball had a good chance at clearing the fence. But Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia had a good jump on the ball and made a leaping catch as he collided with the wall. Except he didn’t.

As Tapia banged against the wall, the ball popped out of his glove and over the left-field fence. That’s a homer for Bellinger then, right?

In a normal play, yes. But this wasn’t a normal play.

Justin Turner, who was on first base as contact was made, had rounded second and was headed for third. When he saw Tapia initially appear to make the play, he made a U-turn and put his head down as he rushed back to first. He never saw the ball go over the fence.

Turner ended up retreating all the way to the first-base bag, causing Bellinger to pass him on the basepaths. By rule, if the hitter passes the lead runner, then he is considered out. That applies even if the ball ultimately goes over the fence.

“I don’t think there’s a blame to be placed. I think that Cody was coming out of the box hard, which he should’ve, and he’s kind of looking at where the ball’s at, going hard,” explained Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Justin was just past second base, I think, and when he saw the ball in Tapia’s glove, he retreated and, you know, put his head down to try and get back. But at that point in time, they just got crossed.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:19 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:04 PM (#6011336)
24 baserunners for only 5 runs. Too many erased on the base paths.
   2. Darren Posted: April 04, 2021 at 05:39 PM (#6011577)
I saw the replay of this a bunch of times, but what I didn't see was whether the umpire signaled an out or not. From Roberts's comments, I'm guessing he didn't.

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