The Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics squared off against one another in a little matinee MLB action on Wednesday afternoon. The game got kicked off under normal circumstances until a very controversial call during the bottom of the second inning.
With the game tied at 0-0 and two Athletics runners on, Mark Canha drilled a long fly ball deep to the center field warning track. Diamondbacks center fielder Ketel Marte had the ball tracked the entire way and made a tremendous running catch as he barreled into the center field wall.
Only, as you can see in the below video, the ball popped out of Marte's glove as he gathered himself to throw the ball into the infield. On the field, no umpires stopped play and presumably assumed that Marte never came down with the catch.
After checking out the video, this one could easily go one way or the other. At first glance, it does seem like Marte's able to secure the ball in his glove, crash into the wall, and begin to gather himself with a few steps and the ball fully secured.
Only after a few steps does the ball fly out. Now, everything appears much more concrete in the slo-mo video replay of this catch. The Diamondbacks ended up challenging the controversial call and video replay upheld this call. As a result, two Athletics scored on the play and Oakland tallied three runs in the inning.
Watching the play again, this easily could have been called a third and final out of the inning to leave the game tied.
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