The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were connected at 5-5 in Game 4 of their ALDS series when things got intriguing in the bottom of the 8th inning. Boston’s Hunter Renfroe came near bat with colleague Alex Verdugo basing on 2nd base. Renfroe raised a fly ball into best center field in between Tampa Bay outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena. Kiermaier captured the ball and prepared to toss to 3rd as Verdugo tagged up.
Kiermaier tossed an ideal strike to 3rd baseman Yandy Diaz. The ball beat Verdugo to 3rd, and the tag took place within a split second of Verdugo moving into the base. The call on the field was Verdugo was out. It held up throughout a main evaluation.
You can enjoy the play here. Should the runner have been ruled safe?
Here’s are 2 more angles of the toss and the tag.
Maybe this is too near to inform on replay. The call on the field was that the runner was out, and the umpires obviously didn’t see sufficient proof to reverse it.
Was the runner safe or out? I believed Verdugo was safe seeing the play in genuine time. I likewise believed he was safe on replay. The FS1 commentators questioned if Verdugo’s arm came off the bag at any point while the tag was used, however it sure does not appear like it.
Either method, what an amazing toss by Kiermaier. That was an outright laser. He’s called among baseball’s finest centerfielders for a factor.
The Red Sox would have had a runner on 3rd with 2 outs and catcher Christian Vázquez approximately bat. Vázquez wound up getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Red Sox won on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth when Kike Hernández drove in Danny Santana. Boston won the video game, 6-5, and is now going to the ALCS. The Red Sox will deal with the winner of Astros vs. White Sox with Houston leading 2-1.