It’s not every game you see a player go into celebration mode after a throw beat him by 20 feet, but Oscar Mercado had reason to be excited.
The Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 7-5 in a thrilling game that saw Cleveland come back from a four-run deficit. The baseball world was talking about that run.
With the score tied at 2-2 and Mercado on the first, pinch hitter Yu Chang hit a double down third base. Mercado thought home as soon as the ball cleared the infield. But, if you didn’t pay attention to the play on the base path you would think that the Red Sox had Mercado home by a mile.
Not exactly …
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Replays would reveal that Red Sox second baseman Yairo Muniz obstructed Mercado’s path to the base. Austin Davis almost got in Mercado’s way at third base, but they narrowly avoided a collision.
Here is a look at the obstruction. A shove at the middle of the run from Mercado.
E4 This is crazy
The Red Sox interfere with the runner (almost twice) and the Indians come back to take the lead with a three-run 8th inning pic.twitter.com/7VSLqQ2CxB
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The Red Sox broadcast was all set to melt down over the call. But once they saw Munoz, they finally conceded that the ruling was correct.
Here is the Red Sox broadcast regarding the interference call
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken2) August 29, 2021
“Oh! It was .”
We’re so conditioned to seeing umpires miss these types of calls, but I must say that home plate umpire Nic Lentz was all over it there. Nice job.