Bizarre ‘catcher’s balk’ call costs Giants run vs. D-backs
Bizarre "Catcher's Balk" call costs Giants Run vs. D-Backs, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
You never know exactly what you will see in the ballpark. Sometimes you will see something that you had no idea even existed.
That was the case in the second inning on Tuesday at Chase Field, when the baseball world was brought back to the "Catcher's Balk". Technically it wasn't an obstacle, but that was the word from the official top scorer for Chase Field. Before we dive into the legal definition, check out the piece for yourself:
Curt Casali was called to a catcher's balk after stopping the ball with his mask on pic.twitter.com/ypzOqr9RAt
- SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 4, 2021
Curt Casali has broken MLB rule 5.06 (b) (3) (E), which states that an outfield player willfully touch a pitched ball with his cap, mask or part of his uniform dislodged from its proper place on the body . The ball is in play and the knockdown is made from the position of the runner at the time of contact with the ball. "
It was an absolutely bizarre game, and Casali and Giants manager Gabe Kapler both argued that first and second place runners were moved up one base. Home plate referee Chris Guccione made the call and while checking with the other three referees after hearing from Kapler, he never came close to changing his mind.
In the end, the call was big. Asdrubal Cabrera, who was on the plate during the "Catcher's Balk", hemmed a double in the right field and gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead. The trail runner was Madison Bumgarner, and he certainly wouldn't have hit from the start with Cabrera's double, who was stopped by Austin Slater before he hit the wall.
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It was one of the strangest sequences of the year, and it cost the Giants as everyone else tried to figure out what was going on.
- Cut4 (@ Cut4) August 4, 2021
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