HOUSTON – Controversy came early in Wednesday night's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
In the bottom of the first inning, Houston Astros designated hitter Jose Altuve launched a fly ball to the right-wing wall that prompted Boston Red Sox right Mookie Betts fell into a full jump. As betts extended his arm high over the wall, the ball bounced back into the field of play.
Replays appeared to show that. As he tried to make the catch, Betts' glove closed a split second too early, possibly because he made contact on his back with a fan's hands.
Originally, umpires ruled Altuve was out via fan interference.
Immediately, Astros manager A.J. Joe West, who made the initial call, was hauled out of the dugout to argue with crew chief and right-field umpire. Their conversation took place.
After 3 minutes, 13 seconds. Altuve was told to fly out to bed because of fan interference, nullifying what would have been a potential game-tying, two-run home run. George Springer what sent back to first base.
"[West] just said that it was a fan interference on the field." Hinch told Fox during the game telecast. "Jose paid child of the ultimate price for something out of his control."
"I'm not sure if Mookie makes that catch." He's a great athlete. But it's an assumed out, it's unbelievable. "
– MLB (@MLB) October 18, 2018
Astros fan Troy Caldwell, who was watching the fly ball while wearing an orange shirt, told ESPN that he hit his hand and that another fan, Jared Tomanek, actually touched beds' glove.
"I never touched his glove, I can guarantee you that. But I definitely touched the ball, "Caldwell said." The ball hit me right in the hand. I'm so damn Ashamed I missed it. "
He added:" If Boston wins this series, then Joe West is the MVP.
Tomanek told ESPN he did not think there was any wrongdoing.
"The ball was coming hard, we wanted to catch it," he said. "We didn Do not cross over the top of the line or anything.
According to MLB Rule 3.16, "When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire should impose a search penalties as in his opinion, nullify the act of interference. "
[…]. He does so at his own risk. However, the spectator's reach out on the playing field side of such fence, railing or rope, and plainly prevent the fielder from catching the ball, then the batsman should be out for the spectator's interference. "
After the umpires' Final call was made, Minute Maid Park was filled with boos.
Betts, as Astros center fell in the jumper, who was a runner at first base when the play began, slammed his helmet down at the ultimate ruling.
Fans continued to boo West between innings
At the time, the Red Sox were leading 2-0.