This is one of the least likely outs in baseball.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was in the box during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday facing a 3-2 count with one out and shortstop Trea Turner standing on first. Harper took a close ball four from John Gant and prepared to take his base.
Turner was attempting to steal, prompting Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to throw to second in what looked like a close call had Harper not walked.
Routine walk? Not so much
All seemed normal as Harper took first and Turner remained on second. But Molina engaged in a conversation with home plate umpire Nic Lentz before play resumed. And this is how things played out.
.@Cardinals challenge call that Trea Turner is safe at 2B in 1st; call overturned, runner is out.
— MLB Replay (@MLBReplays) September 5, 2018
The Cardinals had challenged the play, claiming Turner took his foot off the bag after reaching second while being tagged and was out. Replay officials agreed.
By rule, the ball was live when Turner left the bag regardless of the walk, and Paul DeJong’s tag ruled him out.
So Turner managed to record an out on a walk. Which seems a very Nationals thing to do in 2018.
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