Screwball Play: Padres Lose in 13th Inning After Ump Declares That Catcher Stopped Ball With His Mask

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Tim Hagerty of the Tucson Padres sends us a dispatch about the bizarre play in the bottom of the 13th inning that cost our new Triple-A ballclub Monday's game in Salt Lake:


The Tucson Padres lost Monday’s game 7-6 on a detached equipment call. With runners at first and third in the bottom of the 13th inning, Tucson catcher Guillermo Quiroz blocked Greg Burke’s low pitch, and as the ball was rolling next to Quiroz, home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski ruled Quiroz used his mask to stop the ball. This results in each runner advancing one base, as stated in Rule 7.04 (e) in the Official Baseball Rules book:

7.04 — Each runner, other than the batter, may without liability to be put out, advance one base when…. (e) A fielder deliberately touches a pitched ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person.

Despite an argument from Tucson manager Terry Kennedy, Jeremy Moore was awarded home, and Salt Lake won the first game of the series.

Tucson’s offense forced extra innings with its biggest comeback of the young season. Down 6-0 early, the Padres scored twice in the sixth inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by Logan Forsythe and Anthony Rizzo, and four more runs in the seventh on a Cedric Hunter bases loaded walk, and a three-run double by Forsythe.

Neither team scored from the seventh inning until the bottom of the 13th, but the Padres weren’t without chances, leaving the bases loaded twice in extra innings. Everth Cabrera was 3-for-5 atop the Tucson lineup, and five Padres relievers had scoreless outings in the game.

C'mon, with nights like this, you know it's gonna be a fun season at the ballpark. The T-Pods open the home season at Kino Stadium (formerly known as Tucson Electric Park) on Friday, April 15. Details here.

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