What started as a seemingly routine pop up into foul territory, quickly became one of the wildest plays in Major League Baseball this season. The end result of which saw the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies combine for the shortest, strangest and most chaotic run-scoring foul out we’ve ever seen.
With the bases loaded and the Rockies trailing Houston by a single run, All-Star Nolan Arenado stepped to the plate in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game looking to do some major damage. Instead, he hit a sky-high popup into the raindrops at Coors Field.
It’s a good thing there’s video, because what followed has to be seen to be believed.
Astros third baseman J.D. Davis tracked the ball into foul territory, and then leaned over the dugout railing to make an incredible catch. That alone was highlight worthy. However, as Davis’ momentum carried him into the dugout, Rockies runner Raimel Tapia decided to break for home.
From there, it was a race between Tapia’s blazing speed and the Astros’ swiftness in getting Davis back on his feet. The Astros won the race, but Davis’ short throw ended up sailing over the head of catcher Max Stassi, allowing Tapia to score anyway.
The crazy play was all over in a matter of seconds, but it’s taken far longer to digest. Even now, we’re still attempting to process the incredible effort and misfortune within.
Arenado was credited with an RBI on the play, though it wasn’t officially scored a sacrifice fly. That means Arenado will be credited with an official at-bat and an out made. There’s been some debate over whether that rule was being interpreted correctly, but it appears the Rockies official scorer got it right.
1/ Looked it up. Rule 9.08 (d) "Score a sacrifice fly when, before two are out, the batter hits a ball in flight handled by an outfielder or an infielder running in the outfield in fair or foul territory that
is caught, and a run scores after the catch, or
— David Hallstrom (@dehallstrom) July 26, 2018
To put it simply, because the pop foul didn’t clear the infield dirt and enter outfield territory, it’s not a sacrifice fly.
Rules and technicalities aside, it was definitely wild and weird. The run proved important for Colorado too after Houston escaped without allowing further damage. Colorado would win the game in the ninth on Charlie Blackmon’s walk-off homer. The Astros and Rockies ended up splitting their quick two-game series.
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