Strange play just went down in Baltimore. Quick setup. Hyun-soo Kim doubled to lead off the inning. Manny Machado followed up with an infield single. Then, with men on first and second with no outs, Adam Jones hit a ground ball to third. Frazier tagged third, then threw to Brett Lawrie at second. Lawrie made no attempt to throw to first for the triple play. Machado slid directly into the bag, HOWEVER, he reached out and grabbed Lawrie’s leg. His grab appears to not actually interfere with Lawrie, who did not appear to even consider throwing to first. It was an illegal slide however, so ChiSox Manager Robin Ventura challenged the play. After an extremely lengthy review, Adam Jones was called safe at first. Ventura was less than thrilled with the call, and after arguing was properly ejected as arguing with a review call is by rule grounds for an automatic ejection. Chris Davis, the next batter singled. Mark Trumbo grounded out to end the inning.
So, There is the basic break down. Of course there is not much online showing the play, as it happened about 5 mins ago.
As many of you know I am an Orioles fan. I also like to try to stay as objective in my writing as humanly possible. If you ask me, the umpires absolutely got this call wrong. It should have been a triple play. While Manny’s initial slide was proper, he absolutely reached out and grabbed the leg of Lawrie and should have been ruled out despite the fact no throw to first was attempted. I can see an argument either way, but this call seems to go against the intention of the rule. This is part of the growing pains with a new rule, and I expect to see MLB make an adjustment accordingly. I do not fault Ventua for being upset one bit and if I was a ChiSox fan, I would be equally as upset.
It has been quite an interesting game so far and we are only in the bottom of the 4th. Manny Machado has two fantastic defensive plays. He also had a throwing error which allowed a run to score instead of a inning ending double play. Brett Lawrie who hit 3rd immediately after the slide play hit a solo homerun. Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop just hit back to back home runs.