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Rockies score on balk despite Brandon Belt’s sensational catch


SAN FRANCISCO – Are you ready to watch one of the more bizarre plays of the 2019 season?

With two outs gone in the top of the 4th inning the Colorado Rockies had a runner on third after Garrett Hampson smacked a triple to left center. Drew Pomeranz – pitching against his former team – got Trevor Story to pop up to shallow right field.

With the ball looking like it might fall in an awkward place in shallow right, Brandon Belt turned his back towards home and made a beeline to the outfield. He made a magnificent over-the-shoulder catch, looking straight up and behind him while sprinting away from the infield.

End of the inning, end of the threat. Right?

Wrong.

Home plate umpire CB Bucknor ruled that Drew Pomeranz didn’t come to a complete stop during his windup. In trying to quick pitch Story he committed a balk, and Hampson scored from third on the play.

Story then reached on a single, and Rockies centerfielder Ian Desmond doubled and pushed story across the plate.

Immediately following the double Bruce Bochy visited the mound to meet with Pomeranz. It took only a couple pitches following the visit for Pomeranz to finish the inning, but the damage was already done.

 

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