The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays had been tied at 5-5 in Recreation 4 of their ALDS sequence when issues acquired fascinating within the backside of the eighth inning. Boston’s Hunter Renfroe got here as much as bat with teammate Alex Verdugo standing on second base. Renfroe lifted a fly ball into proper heart discipline in between Tampa Bay outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena. Kiermaier caught the ball and acquired able to throw to 3rd as Verdugo tagged up.
Kiermaier threw an ideal strike to 3rd baseman Yandy Diaz. The ball beat Verdugo to 3rd, and the tag occurred inside a fraction of a second of Verdugo sliding into the bottom. The decision on the sector was Verdugo was out. It held up throughout an official evaluate.
You may watch the play right here. Ought to the runner have been dominated protected?
Right here’s are two extra angles of the throw and the tag.
Possibly that is too shut to inform on replay. The decision on the sector was that the runner was out, and the umpires apparently didn’t see sufficient proof to overturn it.
Was the runner protected or out? I believed Verdugo was protected seeing the play in actual time. I additionally thought he was protected on replay. The FS1 announcers questioned if Verdugo’s arm got here off the bag at any level whereas the tag was utilized, however it certain doesn’t seem like it.
Both means, what an unbelievable throw by Kiermaier. That was an absolute laser. He’s often known as one in every of baseball’s greatest centerfielders for a cause.
The Pink Sox would have had a runner on third with two outs and catcher Christian Vázquez as much as bat. Vázquez ended up getting a leadoff single within the backside of the ninth.
The Pink Sox received on a sacrifice fly within the backside of the ninth when Kike Hernández drove in Danny Santana. Boston received the sport, 6-5, and is now going to the ALCS. The Pink Sox will face the winner of Astros vs. White Sox with Houston main 2-1.