Oakland A’s leave the field after two outs. Two Out Inning! They even fooled the umpires.
The A’s hosted the Giants, March 26, 2023 in spring training. In the sixth inning, the A’s pitchers recorded two outs, one by strikeout and one by fielder’s choice. Then they left the field and the Giants came out of their dugout to take the field and play defense. But there were only two outs recorded. Giants manager, Gabe Kapler, went to home plate umpire Bill Miller to sort it out and eventually the A’s came back on the field, and finished the sixth inning. What should umpires do if they get the outs wrong and there are runners on base? This video explains it all.
Rule 9.01(b)(2) states “If the teams change sides before three men are putout, the Official Scorer shall immediately inform the umpire-in-chief of the mistake.” I’ve never had this in a game, but it would be easy for me as the OS for the Fredericksburg Nationals as it’s a short distance from press box to home plate. Not sure how it could work at a major league stadium.