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After Charlie Blackmon‘s ninth-inning homer gave the Colorado Rockies a 3-2 home victory over Houston, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman ripped into Major League Baseball’s decision to overturn his extra-base hit earlier in Wednesday’s game after a replay review because of fan interference.
As it stood, Houston managed only one hit — an RBI double by Jose Altuve — at Coors Field.
Leading off the sixth, Bregman cruised into third with an apparent triple off the wall that eluded the leap of Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra.
Rockies manager Bud Black challenged for fan interference, and Bregman was ruled out after replays showed a spectator clad in an orange Astros jersey extended his glove over the railing enough for the ball to glance off it, changing its trajectory slightly at the moment Parra was reaching up to attempt the catch. The fan was escorted out of the ballpark by security.
According to MLB rules, if fan interference “clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball,” the batter will be declared out.
Alex Bregman hits the ball deep to left and slides into third. Upon review, a fan reaches over the wall and tips the ball, resulting in an out.
After the game, Bergman blasted the umpires over the ruling.
“It was a f—ing joke, and they should be f—ing ashamed of themselves,” he told reporters. “Obviously, the guy has never played f—ing baseball before in his life, the guy in charge of whoever made that decision. There is no possible way you can say that a left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make a catch.
“It changed the whole f—ing game. We’re up 2-1 at the time, I’m at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in, and it’s 3-1. It’s f—ing horrible.”
Parra, however, said he had a bead on the ball and was stunned when it changed direction at the last moment.
“It almost hit me in the face,” he said. “I thought, ‘What happened? At the last second the ball moved.’ I never saw the fan touch the ball until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball.”
There was more weirdness in the seventh inning:
Colorado tied the score at 2-all thanks to heads-up baserunning by Raimel Tapia, who tagged up and scored from third when Astros third baseman J.D. Davis sprinted toward the Houston dugout and tumbled over the railing as he caught Nolan Arenado‘s foul pop.
Davis’ teammate Evan Gattis helped him break his fall and pushed Davis back over the railing and onto the field, but Davis’ hurried throw home was off target as Tapia slid into the plate.
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