In what may seem a fitting metaphor for the Washington Nationals’ season, they had a baserunner thrown out on a walk.
The play happened in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night with the Nationals hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Shortstop Trea Turner drew a one-out walk and, with a 3-2 count on Bryce Harper, took off for second base.
Home plate umpire Nic Lentz called the borderline pitch a ball, sending Harper to first. But taking no chances, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina threw down to second anyway.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until the Cardinal dugout started stirring before the next hitter, Anthony Rendon, stepped into the batter’s box.
The Cardinals challenged that Turner came off the second base bag while shortstop Paul DeJong kept the tag on him.
After a video review, Turner was called out — leaving the home fans wondering how one of their players could be called out while going from first to second on a walk.
Under baseball rules, any runner who advances a base on a walk can do so without being tagged out. But the ball is not dead.
Because Turner reached second and then came off the bag, he was fair game.
An inning with high expectations quickly fizzled when Anthony Rendon lined out to left for the final out. Just like the Nationals’ season.
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