The New York Yankees got the worst of a questionable call on Saturday, but things worked out for them.
It’s been a rough ride for the Bombers lately, but something has finally gone their way.
Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals looked to use his speed for a bunt single.
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The ball was fouled, so third baseman DJ LeMahieu picked it up to end the game. But home plate umpire Ted Barrett gave Witt an infield single, ruling it a fair ball.
As LeMahieu argued with Barrett, starting pitcher Gerrit Cole reluctantly picked up the ball. With the Yankees apparently lollygagging, Witt took off for second base.
bad idea Cole throws at 100 miles per hour. Cole saw Witt take off for second and, firing a fastball to get him out, shortstop Anthony Volpe made the tag.
So what turned out to be a foul ball turned into an infield single on a missed call that resulted in Royals misfortune on the base paths.
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The call was also not reviewable. Fair/foul calls are reviewed only on balls that land on or beyond the base.
The Yankees won the game 5-2 for their first series win since late last month in Oakland, which featured a perfect game from Domingo German.
A miserable season continues for Kansas City, which falls to 28-72. The Royals are on pace for the season at 45-117.
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Amazingly, that’s not even the worst record in the major leagues. The Athletics are on pace for a 43-win season. If their 119-loss streak holds, it would be the most by an MLB team since the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who also went 49-113.