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Catcher’s Throwback to Pitcher Hits Batter

The 53-minute seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series between Toronto and Texas may prove to be the most bizarre in post-season history. It involved a quirky rule, good Ruleball running, three errors on consecutive plays, and an epic three run homer. It all began in the top of the inning when the umpires ruled that Rangers’ baserunner Rougned Odor scored from third base after catcher Russell Martin‘s casual throw back to pitcher Aaron Sanchez ricocheted…

The 53-minute seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series between Toronto and Texas may prove to be the most bizarre in post-season history. It involved a quirky rule, good Ruleball running, three errors on consecutive plays, and an epic three run homer. It all began in the top of the inning when the umpires ruled that Rangers’ baserunner Rougned Odor scored from third base after catcher Russell Martin‘s casual throw back to pitcher Aaron Sanchez ricocheted…

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...that inning. The rest is history.

Martin certainly averted one out and maybe two. In my opinion, Martin’s clever running changed the complexion of the inning.

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