Thinking the home run automatically wins the game, the runner on first leaves the base path
and heads for the dugout.
Gorman applied rule 5.09 (b) (2) that reads, "Any runner is out when after touching first base, he leaves the base path
, obviously abandoning his effort to touch the next base." The Comment to the rule adds, "Any runner after reaching first base who leaves the base path
heading for his dugout or his position believing there is no further play, may be declared out if the umpire judgers the act of the runner to be considered abandoning his efforts to run the bases."
Rose Roach struck 2 of the Knights' 3 hits and in a way accounted for the third when she was hit in the base path
by a sharp 1-hopper off the bat of Donatella Sommesi in the sixth inning.
It appeared she got in SPM's head, especially when she played a game of cat-and-mouse with SPM catcher Brit Tortora on the third base path
It reads, "Any runner after reaching first base who leaves the base path
headed for his dugout or his position, believing that there is no further play, may be declared out if the umpire judges the act of the runner to be considered abandoning his efforts to run the bases." Segura's lack of urgency to get to the base certainly indicated he believed he was out.
Perhaps defensive players shouldn't be allowed to block the base path
in front of home plate, the same way they are prohibited from doing so at all the other bases.
Chief umpire Ed Sudol finally ruled that Wynn was out when he touched home because he technically passed Lacy on the base path
. And Lacy was entitled to home because of the bases loaded walk, even though he was near the dugout when Wynn was out.
La Russa argued with second base umpire Matt Hollowell that Ordonez was out of the base path
. Tony objected too strongly and was sent packing to the beach.
This time, the runner was ruled to have interfered with the play by being outside the base path