Sec­ond thoughts

Weather had noth­ing to do with this de­lay

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Todd J. Pearce

Kenta Maeda needed just one pitch to record the first out of Tues­day night’s game, but that was not to be taken as a sign of things to come in the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries be­tween his Los An­ge­les Dodgers and the Min­nesota Twins.

Maeda slowed to a lan­guid pace of roughly 30 sec­onds be­tween each pitch dur­ing a 35-pitch third in­ning. Even that paled in com­par­i­son to what un­folded in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning, when Twins Man­ager Paul Moli­tor at­tempted a dou­ble switch with one out, a run­ner on sec­ond base and Dodgers out­fielder Yasiel Puig bat­ting.

The strat­egy is com­mon in a Na­tional League game, but not so much in the Amer­i­can League.

Moli­tor in­tended to in­sert Ehire Adri­anza at short­stop and have reliever Ryan Pressly re­place fel­low right-han­der Trevor Hilden­berger. With the changes, Adri­anza and Pressly were to bat ninth and sev­enth, re­spec­tively.

How­ever, home plate um­pire Lance Bar­rett re­layed to Dodgers Man­ager Dave Roberts that Pressly was en­ter­ing the game “in the five spot.” That meant left fielder Ed­die Rosario was to be re­moved. When Pressly threw his first pitch to Puig, Rosario was still in left field.

Roberts ap­proached Bar­rett about the Twins’ de­fen­sive align­ment.

“The player who was sup­posed to be out of the game was still in the game,” Roberts said. “I just wanted to get clar­ity and make sure the pitcher was in the right spot, the right play­ers were out there play­ing de­fense, and it wasn’t the case. The um­pires did a good job. It took a lit­tle bit, but we got it right.”

Af­ter the um­pires hud­dled with one an­other and con­ferred with both man­agers, a re­view was ini­ti­ated in New York. Crew chief Bill Welke ex­plained to pool re­porter J.P. Hoorn­stra that of­fi­cial changes made to the Twins’ lineup card did not re­flect the team on the field. With­out prece­dent for this type of sit­u­a­tion, it prompted a re­view with an um­pire at the re­play cen­ter that lasted 18 min­utes.

Fans at Dodger Sta­dium grew rest­less and a small “We want base­ball” chant broke out. Fi­nally, the de­ci­sion was made to re­store the play­ers on the field as re­flected on the lineup card. That meant Jorge Polanco re­turned to

play short­stop, Adri­anza re­placed Rosario in left field and Pressly re­mained on the mound.

Moli­tor was not happy about the sit­u­a­tion af­ter the game, but ul­ti­mately took re­spon­si­bil­ity for it.

“I had it marked on my card that Pressly was go­ing in the seven-hole and Adri­anza was go­ing in the nine-hole,” Moli­tor said. “I don’t know if I said a wrong name, or what I pos­si­bly might have said. I can’t imag­ine I said [Matt] Belisle for Rosario. [Bar­rett] heard what he heard. If I didn’t make it clear, then it was my re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Mongo lives!

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als pitcher Ed­win Jack­son chan­neled his in­ner ogre of Blaz­ing Sad­dles fame to ex­plain how he’s play­ing for his 12th ma­jor league team in his 15-year ca­reer — one shy of ty­ing for­mer pitcher Oc­tavio Do­tel’s record.

“Some­times you’re just a pawn, man,” Jack­son told Sports Il­lus­trated. “I’ve been traded af­ter bad years. I’ve been traded af­ter a 14-win sea­son.

“The life of a chess piece. There you go. Be­cause that’s what we are.”

AP/PAUl BATTAGLIA

Min­nesota Twins Man­ager Paul Moli­tor botched a dou­ble switch dur­ing Tues­day’s game against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, caus­ing con­fu­sion for both man­agers and the um­pir­ing crew and lead­ing to an 18-minute de­lay.

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