The Chicago White Sox’s victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night was mired in controversy after a play was overturned due to video review and helped the AL Central team win. .
In the bottom of the eighth, White Sox batter Zach Remillard was at the plate to face Rangers pitcher Grant Anderson. White Sox shortstop Elvis Andrus was at second base and accounted for the go-ahead run. Remillard singled to shallow left field and Andrus was running to the plate hoping to give Chicago the lead.
Rangers left fielder Travis Jankowski fielded the ball and threw it to catcher Jonah Heim. It seemed to be a bang-bang play. Jankowski’s shot was right on target and Heim was on home ready to catch the ball. Heim took out Andrus and it looked like he would end the inning.
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Not so fast.
Chicago questioned whether Heim was illegally blocking the plate and did not give Andrus a clear path to try and score. Even the Bally Sports broadcast suggested they didn’t see how Andrus didn’t have a clear path and didn’t think the call would be overturned, nor did they think Andrus scored before the tag.
After a review, the call was dropped. Heim was ruled to have violated the slide rule, and Chicago gave up the run. Texas manager Bruce Bochy came off the bench to argue but was ejected.
Chicago scored three runs in the eighth and won the game 7-6.
«For that call to be made, I am flabbergasted,» Bochy said after the game. «It’s absolutely one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen, and it was done on repeat. I just don’t get it. I don’t care how many times they try to explain it. You can’t do it.» than in that situation. It is a pity. It’s embarrassing, really.
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«There was never any contact with the catcher. It was a sweep bunt. I don’t get it. I really don’t get it. Again, I’m surprised. Jonah did a great job there. The pitch carried him to left.» a little, sweep the label. I’m lost on this one. It’s hard to accept.»
Heim was just as stunned.
«I asked the referee what I could have done differently,» he said. «I settled in the corners. I even backed up. I don’t know what else to do. It’s annoying.»
«I don’t know how you can block the plate from behind the plate.»
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said he did not watch the replay.
«All I can say is that we challenged both,» Grifol said. «We questioned the play at the plate and blocked the plate … If New York felt it was a violation, it was probably the (catcher’s) starting setup because that’s the rule.»
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The White Sox moved to 32-43 with the win. Texas fell to 45-28.
Associated Press contributed to this report.