After some lineup confusion, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox game experienced a 20-minute delay. Here’s what happened.
For those of you who don’t know – including manager Alex Cora and infamous umpire Angel Hernandez – here’s a breakdown of the lineup confusion that caused a 20-minute delay in the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox game yesterday.
Over the last couple of seasons, the Rays have deployed a seldom-used strategy in baseball that allows a pitcher to be used twice in one game. This strategy was used yesterday in the Rays matchup against the Sox.
It all started when Rays manager Kevin Cash lifted LHP Adam Kolerek in the 8th inning in order to bring in RHP Chaz Roe to pitch against Mookie Betts. To allow himself to be able to use Kolarek again later in the game, Cash moves Kolarek over to play first base and takes out the actual first baseman Ji-Man Choi, thus losing the DH for the remainder of the game.
After Roe executes and forces Betts out, Cash makes another pitching change. This time, he wants the southpaw Kolarek back on the mound. WIth Roe out of the game, Cash replaces him at first with Nate Lowe.
This move forces the pitcher to have to hit should his place in the lineup come up again.
This series of moves completely baffles the Red Sox bench and the umpiring crew causing one of the most senseless delays ever seen on the field. Deliberations where had, confused looks were aplenty, and the even the league office had to be called at one point.
In the end, everyone agreed that the move – as should have been known from the get – was perfectly legal and the game continued.
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 3-2, dropping 11-games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and 2-games back for the Wild Card race.