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The Rays victimize the Dodgers with the hidden ball trick

Aug 10, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

Roberto Hernandez AP

In the bottom of the fourth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers, the Rays got an extra out by fooling Juan Uribe with the hidden ball trick. The Dodgers, already up 4-0, had the bases loaded with nobody out when A.J. Ellis hit a fly ball to Rays center fielder Wil Myers, allowing Andre Ethier to score from third.

Myers threw the ball in towards the plate to James Loney, who cut the ball off near the pitcher’s mound. Juan Uribe advanced to third and Skip Schumaker advanced to second. Loney noticed Uribe was not paying attention, so he threw the ball to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who then tossed it to third baseman Evan Longoria. Longoria held onto the ball until Uribe stepped off, and then applied the tag for the second out of the inning. Zack Greinke grounded out to end the inning. The Rays were happy to allow just the one run after loading the bases with no outs, thanks in large part to their use of the hidden ball trick.

Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA posted a video of the event.

  1. beefytrout - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Awesome work from the production booth… cutting away before showing the tag.

  2. bosoxfan15 - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    It fooled the crew as well

  3. unclemosesgreen - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Let that be a lesson to you all – Joe Maddon has his team practice some oddball shit.

    Also hopefully that kid Uribe learned a lesson here (opens new window to check Uribe’s career stats) Holy Crap he’s in his 13th big league season. Maybe he’ll figure out baserunning better by 2020 or so.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but could someone link to a video that actually loads?

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      NM. Must be my browser. Was able to watch it on my phone.

      Not even worth the effort.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      OK, that link did not work for me either, BUT, video of it is on MLB.com, but the Dodgers B team (hint, not Vinny) were showing replays and missed it completely, then thought it was a bad call on leaving 2nd before the outfield catch. But around 2:40 of the video, they get it and then show it clearly.

  5. moogro - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The video does show him applying the tag. It’s subtle and happens right before Longoria started walking toward second. Amazingly, this all happened right in front of the third base coach.

  6. connormyboy - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Well that should be the highlight of terrible road trip.

  7. lew24 - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Love this pic!

  8. istallion - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    What was the third base coach doing?

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Replace “Longoria” with “ARod” and I wonder how much different this story would be.

  10. Anoesis - Aug 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Not even desperation trickery is slowing the Dodgers.

  11. losanginsight - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    The Dodgers victimized the rays by winning and putting up 12 runs in two games. KKKKKKKershaw will put on a show tomorrow. Can’t beat LA.

  12. pop562 - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Bravo. The trickery was well planned and Mr. Uribe well hopefully learn from this. But seriously, how about them Dodgers? No Hanley and no Kemp…Noooo problem!!! Team chemistry and playing with a sense of urgency will take this team far into the playoffs.

  13. mophatici - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    It’s funny how, out of everyone, the only person aware of the hidden ball(other than the rays) was Angel Hernandez. That is the first good call that I have seen him make in a decade.

  14. nicosanchez02 - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Trickery? Oh you mean trickery by Zack Greinke blanking out the Rays awesome!

  15. Walk - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Channeling madden in
    3
    2
    1
    “Boom”

  16. stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    The 3rd base coach should have to buy dinner and drinks for the entire coaching staff the remainder of the Month.

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