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August 14, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 14, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
On Tuesday, the Phillies stymied the Angels for five innings, only to watch them erupt for seven runs in the sixth. Yesterday, White Sox starter Jose Quintana worked around a leadoff triple by Buster Posey in the fourth inning to hold the Giants scoreless through six.

That gave the South Siders’ offense ample time to solve their old mate, Jake Peavy, who was seeking his first win in a Giants uniform. Adam Dunn did ...

... and at the seventh-inning stretch, it seemed his splash bomb would be sufficient for the White Sox to earn a sweep on their two-game swing through San Francisco.

Pablo Sandoval flied out to begin the last of the seventh. Then Michael Morse and Adam Duvall followed with singles that put runners on the corners with one away. The Giants had already failed twice to plate a runner from third with fewer than two outs, and they were on the brink of going 0-for-3 in that department.

Joe Panik hit a broken-bat slow bouncer to Jose Abreu and the first baseman fired home well ahead of pinch-runner Gregor Blanco. Catcher Tyler Flowers tagged Blanco out, and the White Sox were still up 1-0. Before 2014, the story would have ended there. Now, though, we’ve got pesky Rule 7.13, and with his squad scuffling, Bruce Bochy had the potential for a run-scoring technicality on his mind.

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shmage

Was last night's Mets game too late to include the play at the plate where the catcher's foot was placed in exactly the same spot? Nearly identical play (but a bit closer)--and this time the runner was ruled out! The stupidity of MLB executives doth pass all understanding. The 'blocking rule" is ambiguous, but it does say that the umpire makes the call. Just stop the stupid replays in such cases and let the UMP call it as he sees it!

Aug 14, 2014 07:40 AM
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ArseneLupinIII

shmage: Even the Nats' announcers were read to concede that run for a while. I'm pretty sure that they just flip a coin for these calls after yesterday... although they must flip it off of an airplane given the amount of time it take for them to make up their mind.

Aug 14, 2014 09:07 AM
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TGT969

Pirates/Tigers game is in Detroit

Aug 14, 2014 09:11 AM
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Llarry

At this point, is there any reason to hold a runner at third? I say, send any runner to the plate and then challenge the catcher's foot placement. You've got at least as good a chance of getting the run as you do of having a later batter drive him in.

(In fact, do this a few times and see how fast MLB figures out a clarification, *any* clarification...)

Aug 14, 2014 11:16 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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I think there's absolutely a case to be made that 3B coaches should be more aggressive in sending runners until this is resolved.

Aug 14, 2014 13:07 PM
 
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