WATCH: Toronto Blue Jays continue winning streak after play that requires rule book to understand

  • David Whitlock

When you’re hot, you’re hot (Toronto Blue Jays, 5-game winning streak).  When you’re not, you’re not (Houston Astros, season-long 4-game losing streak).  Both of those streaks were in line to end as the Astros closer Luke Gregerson (who had yet to blow a save this season) seemingly got slugger Jose Bautista to pop out for a crucial second out as his team was clinging to a one-run lead.  But the fly ball drifted, a fielder stubled over a runner, the ball bounced off the artificial turf, and two-pitches later, the Jays had the win.  The rule in play will be discussed after the jump (video courtesy of MLB.com)

Jose Reyes, the Blue Jays runner on second base, played this correctly.  He has the right to stand on the base and cannot interfere with the fielder.  The fielder must work around him (so long as the runner is on the base).  If the ball hits the runner, the batter is out.  Astros SS Jonathan Villar did everything he could, but you cannot watch a ducking runner and a ball in the sky at the same time.  Perhaps Jose Altuve should have drifted in position as back up.  You just never see that play.

The next pitch was a double steal, the following a two-run single.  It happens that fast.  That’s baseball, you never know what you’re going to see!

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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