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Bizarre Quintana balk allows Dodgers to add to early lead

While the Giants were beneficiaries of baseball tomfoolery Friday night, they were on the losing end of a strange call on Saturday. 

José Quintana, making his second appearance for San Francisco, balked in a run in the top of the sixth. The strange play added to the Dodgers’ early lead, giving them a 4-1 edge. 

The runner on third, third baseman Justin Turner, likely shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Turner had reached on a grounder into deep short — scored an infield single — then advanced on Mauricio Dubón’s throwing error. Dubón, playing short to give Brandon Crawford a day off, sailed his throw so high that Brandon Belt didn’t even try to leap and keep it in play. 

Turner then advanced from second to third on a wild pitch.

Then came the bizarre call. After Quintana’s first delivery to Corey Seager, the third base umpire stopped play, motioning toward the pitcher to indicate a balk. He lifted his arms up and down, possibly miming that Quintana double-pumped his glove after he came set. 

But since Quintana is a lefty, it’s hard to imagine the third base ump had an unobstructed view. 

You be the judge: did Quintana balk?


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