Wolf, Dodgers and Rare Four Out Rule Haunt D-backs

April 12, 2009 by  

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Randy Wolf of the L.A. Dodgers would pitch an exceptional game against Arizona as he would pitch seven innings, allowing only two hits, one run and striking out five. Arizona’s Dan Haren would pitch for six innings, allowing two runs and striking out two. Although it was a close game, there was an interesting call that would have made the game closer had it happened more frequently.

The four out rule (MLB Rule 7.10) is a rule that states a fourth out can be recorded in the event that a runner fails to tag up, reached home plate and no appeal is made to the previous base by the fielding team. This ruling is extremely rare and can be better illustrated by the example. In the second inning a line drive was hit back to the pitcher and the base runner was doubled up but not before the run crossed the plate. Because there was no appeal at third base, the runner from third had a run that would count in the game.

Once again, the D-backs succumbed to Dodger pitching while they were only able to get three hits in the game. This home stand continues to be important as 12 of the 16 games left in the month of April are home games for the Diamondbacks. Next up the D-backs face the red hot Cardinals at home as St. Louis comes to Arizona off of a four game win streak.

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W: R. Wolf L: D. Haren S: J. Broxton

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