With one out and one on, the third Giants batter of the day, Buster Posey, hit an RBI double to right field, scoring Gregor Blanco for the game's first run. Meanwhile, in the Dodgers dugout, bench coach Trey Hillman noticed something awry.
|The official card had Posey as cleanup.|
Posey had been entered onto the official lineup card—exchanged at home plate with the umpires prior to the game—as the fourth batter with Pablo Sandoval listed as third.
Accordingly, Hillman and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly waited until Posey's damaging base hit before addressing HP Umpire and UIC Tony Randazzo with the batting out of order appeal.
After a discussion with crew chief Brian Gorman and umpires Manny Gonzalez and Larry Vanover, Randazzo invoked Official Baseball Rule 6.07 and ruled the proper batter—Sandoval—out, nullifying the improper batter's—Posey—double to the wall, sending Blanco back to third base.
(a) A batter shall be called out, on appeal, when he fails to bat in his proper turn, and another batter completes a time at bat in his place.
(b) When an improper batter becomes a runner or is put out, and the defensive team appeals to the umpire before the first pitch to the next batter of either team, or before any play or attempted play, the umpire shall (1) declare the proper batter out; and (2) nullify any advance or score made because of a ball batted by the improper batter or because of the improper batter's advance to first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter or otherwise.Pursuant to the terms of Rule 6.07, the improper batter (Posey) could have been replaced with the proper batter (Sandoval) at any time during the at bat without penalty, a fact that lends credence to the characterization of the Dodgers' appeal as "timely."
Following the Sandoval out (scored as a putout for the catcher), Posey flied out to end the inning.
This marks the first batting out of order and appealed out situation in MLB since June 19, 2010, when Marlins batter Brian Barden's 9th inning walk was wiped out and Wes Helms was declared out for the Rule 6.07 violation following Rays manager Joe Maddon's appeal to HP Umpire Lance Barksdale and crew chief Tom Hallion. This play resulted in Barksdale's ejection of Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez, who claimed Barksdale wrote down the Marlins' substitutions incorrectly on the lineup card (Ejections: Lance Barksdale-1).
Video: After RBI, Dodgers appeal and umpires rule the Giants out under the Batting Out of Turn rule (FOX)
Video: Don Mattingly discusses the process of appealing the batting out of order violation (FOX)
Video: Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti blames technology—of all things—for the mishap (FOX)