|R2 prepares to steal on appeal.|
Nonetheless, Arruebarruena was declared "safe" at first base and likewise safely arrived at third base, scoring on a subsequent Alexei Bell home run. In the end, such a play proved largely irrelevant; Cuba ultimately won the contest in a WBC mercy rule-shortened seven innings, 12-0.
Lesson learned: Be sure about your appeals—or at least be quick about it!
Wrap: China vs. Cuba (World Baseball Classic), 3/4/13
Video: R2 steals third base while F1 throws over to first base on appeal (MLB Network)