The strange, chaotic, and contentious 13th inning of ALDS Game 3 between the Rays and the Red Sox.
The American League Division Series Game 3 between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox may have had one of the most bizarre finishes in playoff history.
The two sides had fought for more than five hours, with Wander Franco and Randy Arozarena of the Rays spearheading a rally in the eighth inning to push the game to extra innings.
From the 10th through the 12th, neither team could get anything going, but in the 13th, all hell broke loose.
We polled our MLB experts for their thoughts on the type of finish that fans would remember for years.
Dave Schoenfield — What the heck just happened?
Yandy Diaz was on first base with two outs and was running when Kevin Kiermaier lined a 3-2 slider from Nick Pivetta off the base of the low wall in front of the bullpens in right-center field in the top of the 13th inning of a game that would last 5 hours, 14 minutes and feature 16 pitchers and 389 pitches.
The ball bounced off Hunter Renfroe’s leg and over the wall into the bullpens.
Diaz was a stride away from third base and would have easily scored if the ball had stayed in play,
but after an umpire review, he was sent back to third base and Kiermaier was moved to second.
To stop the threat, Pivetta struck out Mike Zunino.
“Any fair fly ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over the fence into foul territory,
in which case the batter shall be entitled to second base; but if deflected into the stands,
or over the fence into fair territory, the batter shall be entitled to a home run,
” says rule 5.05(a)(8) in the rulebook and 5.06(b)(4)(h) in the umpire’s manual.
That’s Jose Canseco’s legendary fly ball, which bounced off his head and over the fence for a home run.
Rule 5.05(a)(8) applies to Kiermaier’s hit, making it a ground-rule double.
Luis Patino walked Renfroe in the bottom of the 13th, and Christian Vazquez followed with a walk-off home drive over the Green Monster,
the sixth walk-off home run in playoff history in the 13th inning or later.
The Red Sox triumphed 6-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.