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Umpires give fans little explanation on failed appeal call in Nationals-Pirates

Umpires give fans little explanation on failed appeal call in Nationals-Pirates

Fans left guessing on failed appeal call in Nats-Pirates originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Nationals fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 in a chaotic back-and-forth game Wednesday afternoon that saw four lead changes, five home runs and one controversial run scored on a play Washington manager Davey Martinez wasn’t allowed to appeal.

In the top of the fifth, Martinez called on reliever Steve Cishek to get the Nationals out of a jam with two outs and runners on second and third. He faced Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, who hit a low line drive to Josh Bell at first.

Bell caught the ball in the air and wisely threw it over to third base in an attempt to double up Jack Suwinski. Ehire Adrianza caught the ball, walked over to the bag, tagged Hoy Park — who was originally at second — and stepped on the third-base bag. The umpires called Park out, since he was tagged first, and declared the inning over.

That’s when things started to get messy. As the Nationals jogged back to their dugout, Pirates manager Derek Shelton came out to argue that the ball hit the ground before Bell caught it. The umpires conferred and decided he was wrong, informing both clubs that there were three outs and a run counted.

Martinez would’ve then been able to appeal that Suwinski never tagged up and should be called out, but by that time the Nationals had already left the field and the umpires invoked Rule 5.09(c)4 that states a team can’t appeal if “the pitcher and all infielders have left fair territory on their way to the bench or Clubhouse.”

“They deemed that Adrianza never touched the base, which he clearly did,” Martinez said in his pregame press conference, as aired on MASN. “He touched the runner and the base. So therefore, there was no appeal. They said the run scores in their judgement. We couldn’t appeal because we went off the field, being that they called an out. Inning’s over so what do you do? Stand on the field? No.

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