Umpires Miss Third Strike on Yordan Álvarez, Allow At-Bat to Continue

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Sports Illustrated

By Daniel Chavkin Rich Hill should have been credited for striking out the Astros slugger, but everyone missed strike three. During the Astros-Red Sox game on Wednesday, something unusual happened without anyone in the game noticing. With Houston slugger Yordan Álvarez up and Rich Hill on the mound, Álvarez was given the luxury of an extra strike, grounding out to first base on strike four after a called strike three wasn’t declared a strikeout. The home plate umpire was Jim Wolf, and he apparently just lost track of the count even though Hill only threw five pitches in the entire at bat. Howe…

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