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Video: The Rockies turned a triple play (with help from an interference call)

May 18, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Rockies walked off in the tenth inning on Justin Morneau‘s two-run home run, but that wasn’t the most interesting part of Sunday’s series finale against the Padres. In the top of the third inning, pitcher Juan Nicasio was in a bit of a pickle with runners on first and second with no outs, already down 1-0.

Carlos Quentin hit a weak grounder to third baseman Nolan Arenado, who stepped on third base and quickly made a jump-throw to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu for out number two. LeMahieu took the ball out in front of the second base bag and avoided a sprawling Seth Smith to fire the ball to first baseman Justin Morneau, but he was a bit too late to get Quentin. Second base umpire Seth Buckminster, however, ruled Quentin out as a result of Smith’s interference, giving the Rockies a triple play. It appeared that Smith made contact with LeMahieu’s foot with his hand, though he did not grab the Rockies’ infielder.

Interference is not reviewable by instant replay, so the umpire’s ruling was final. Watch the play as it unfolded:

  1. Reflex - May 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Based on that video it was the right call. The runner never even attempted to touch second, he was all about taking out the second baseman who was way off the bag at that point.

    • apkyletexas - May 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Seth Smith has a promising career as a pick-pocket. I’d say if you are 6-feet off the bag and your hand is in the infielder’s back pocket, interference is as good a call as any.

      • gloccamorra - May 20, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Nah, he tried to grab the heel. Nobody keeps his wallet there.

  2. sailbum7 - May 19, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    I do not know if the actions of the runner made much difference in the play, but it still was the correct call to make. There is absolutely no doubt that the runner was trying to interfere with the throw, not get to second base. More of these calls need to be made. It is jackass moves like the one the runner made here that often lead to completely avoidable injuries to players. In fact I think that the flagrant nature of the runner’s actions in this play should be grounds for ejection from the game. I put this move by the runner in the same category as catchers trying to block the base path when they know there is no hope of the throw to home getting there in time. Both are intentionally trying to obstruct the other player which should not be part of the game. These moves put players at risk for career ending injuries and need to be taken seriously. All it would take would be for the second baseman to come down wrong due to the runner hitting his legs and the second baseman can easily end up with a torn achilles tendon or blown out knee.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Well said. I couldn’t agree more. I find it hilarious the runner was even bothering to stand there and argue and to do so with Superman arms. This is one area where MLB needs to step up. Get this type of behavior out of the game. This is why the neighborhood play even exists.

    • derklempner - May 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      These moves put players at risk for career ending injuries and need to be taken seriously.

      I agree completely. Unfortunately for DJ LeMahieu, he doesn’t have much of a career to look forward to if he continues to play on about the same level as Eduardo Nunez.

    • gloccamorra - May 20, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Runners trying to break up a throw at second and catchers blocking the plate have been part of the game almost from the beginning. It’s never been a genteel game, you know. Google “Ty Cobb sharpened spikes”.

  3. wtfoxtrotover - May 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Agree that it is unreviewable… Would have been better if Rockies had been playing a Major League team.
    Smith just demonstrates bush league play. Doubt that his antics made any difference and runner to first would have been safe without his ‘help’

  4. moogro - May 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Good call on Smith. He didn’t need to do that. Runner at first was going to be safe no matter what.

  5. rbj1 - May 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Unintentional? I’m calling BS on that. I never see anyone sliding into second like that.

    • gloccamorra - May 20, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      You haven’t seen enough baseball games. I’ve seen much more blatant attempts to interfere with a throw, near-WWE moves, but I’ve been watching baseball since the 1950s. There were some real hard-asses playing the game 50-60 years ago.

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