Pirates up in arms over no-call in 10th in 3-2 loss at Arizona
Throw by Pittsburgh’s Jayson Nix hits Nick Ahmed’s raised left arm as he slides into second base, deflecting a potential double play.
The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Manager Clint Hurdle and the Pittsburgh Pirates lingered on the field to argue with the umpires, to no avail. It was all over.
The Pirates lost 3-2 to the Diamondbacks on Sunday when Arizona runner Nick Ahmed put his arms up as he slid into second base and deflected a potential double play relay with his left arm in the 10th inning.
With runners at the corners and one out, Andy Marte hit a grounder to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who flipped to second baseman Jayson Nix for a force-out.
Ahmed came in with his arms raised up, and was hit by Nix’s throw. The ball rolled away, allowing Tuffy Gosewich to score the winning run. Hurdle argued for runner’s interference.
“The rule book states the only way you can call runner’s interference is if they alter his slide to try and prevent a throw,” Hurdle said. “In their opinion, in the second base umpire’s, he did not alter his slide. He threw his hands up like most guys do in a slide and unfortunately it was right in the direct line with the ball.
“I felt there was an extra effort in getting his hands up, in the way.”
There was no video review of the final play, and crew chief Ron Kulpa said the call couldn’t be challenged.
After the game, the umpires looked at a replay for their own sake. Second-base umpire Lance Barrett stood by his no-call on interference and Kulpa backed him.
• Arizona star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is going to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left hand.
Manager Kirk Gibson announced the news Sunday, two days after Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Ernesto Frieri.
Gibson put Goldschmidt’s rehabilitation timetable at eight weeks, with the season ending in late September. No surgery is expected.
• After failing to get past the fifth inning for the fifth consecutive outing, Josh Beckett was beating himself up pretty badly after a loss to the lowly Chicago Cubs.
The three-time All-Star was lifted with none out in the fourth after giving up three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer by Chris Coghlan in a 7-3 loss.
“I’ve got to do a better job of keeping the team in the game, not killing our bullpen every time I pitch,” said Beckett, who struck out Ryan Sweeney with the bases loaded to end the third.