DETROIT – Gio Urshela of the New York Yankees benefited from an apparent mix-up about the Friday night count when he was taking a walk after just three balls.
Urshela came on the plate in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers. After messing up several 2-2 spots, the next offer from Kyle Funkhouser was way out and headed for the backstop. Urshela threw aside his bat and went first. None of the Tigers seemed to be arguing.
The Yankees didn’t score in the inning and eventually lost 3-2 on the Extras. Vic Carapazza was the record umpire.
“It was a missed count,” said crew chief Jerry Meals after the game. “He went on three balls first. ”
Meals, who was the umpire’s second base, said the piece could have been reviewed if the umpires had any idea there was a problem, but at that point no one brought it up.
“I didn’t know anything about it until after the game,” said Meals.
Problems like this arise from time to time. In last year’s playoffs, Miami’s Pablo Lopez threw four balls against Atlanta’s Adam Duvall, but Duvall wasn’t awarded first.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.