The Arizona Diamondbacks waited for the umpires to sort out a wild ending after baserunning follies on the final play, and wound up beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday.
Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the 10th and Chris Owings lined a ball over center fielder Billy Hamilton’s head.
As the Diamondbacks celebrated in the middle of the diamond, the Reds retrieved the ball – a stadium worker tossed it back – and began tagging the bases. The Reds claimed Arizona runners didn’t properly advance to touch the bags before leaving the field, and should be called out on force plays.
The umpires discussed the Reds’ belated try for a double play for a couple of minutes before ruling the game was over.
TV replays appeared to show at least two Arizona runners leaving without touching the next base.
BREAKING: Queen City Beer League has obtained the exclusive transcript of the umpire’s conversation immediately proceeding the Reds loss to the Diamondbacks tonight.
Umpire 1: Soooo… What do you guys think?
Umpire 2: You don’t want to know what I think
Umpire 3: Yea, honestly who gives a shit about this game. NFL football starts here in about an hour and the True Detective Season 2 finale is on tonight. I say we split.
Umpire 1: But what about the game?
Umpire 2: Yea, fuck this game. These teams aren’t going anywhere. I say we bail.
Umpire 1: Alrighty then. You called it. Sorry Bryan. Game’s over.
I want to say I’m surprised, shocked, or infuriated that the Reds lost a game like that, but honestly crazy and unexpected losses are kind of just par for the course at this point. I guess that’s what you get when you don’t know how to use Aroldis Chapman properly. Yea, I’m looking at you, Bryan Price.
At least we still have Thom