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Supplementary Game Notes

Game 73:  Somerset Patriots @ Newark Bears, Sunday, July 20, 2003

Danny Clyburn GRAND SLAM!

Bottom of the 6th inning:  With the bases loaded, Eddie Lara hit a popup to shallow center field, which dropped in front of the fielder.  Mike Piercy, who was on first base and was advancing cautiously in case the ball was caught, was forced out at second, 8-4.  Even though Lara easily was at first base long before a throw could have put him out, this was scored a fielder's choice for Lara rather than a hit.  The official scorer knows his rule book:  Rule 10.06(a) states that "a base hit shall not be scored... when a runner is forced out by a batted ball, or would have been forced out except for a fielding error."  While the word of the rule book is clear, we nonetheless feel the end result in this case was unfair to Eddie Lara, who, had nobody been on first base, would have earned a base hit.

Baseball rule lesson of the day Click here to read rules (10.05 and 10.06) on the scoring of base hits.


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