|On appeal, umpires review the lineup cards.|
After consultation with crewmates Greg Gibson and Nic Lentz, and a review of Blaser's lineup cards, the umpires agreed and declared Lucroy out for failing to bat in his proper spot: Lucroy should have hit third, meaning that Braun should have hit fourth.
Official Baseball Rule 6.03(b) (formerly OBR 6.07) concerns Batting Out of Turn, and states:
Accordingly, Baker wisely waited for improper batter Braun to hit a single before lodging his appeal, leading the umpires to declare the proper batter Lucroy out for the final out of the first inning. Braun then led off the top of the 2nd inning for Milwaukee. Had Baker appealed while Braun was still improperly at the plate, the Brewers could have inserted Lucroy into his rightful place without penalty.(1) 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.(3) 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.
|UIC Cory Blaser shows Braun the lineup card.|
Overall, this is the first successful batting out of order appeal since July 7, 2013, when Tony Randazzo ruled Pablo Sandoval out in the 1st inning of the Dodgers-Giants game. After improper batter Buster Posey lined an RBI double to right field, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly approached Brian Gorman and his crew to appeal that Sandoval had failed to bat in his proper turn, leading to Sandoval being declared out, Posey's RBI double to be nullified, and the resumption of play with the proper batter following Sandoval at the plate, which happened to be Posey. Posey then flew out to end the inning.
Alternate Link: Braun's single turns into a Lucroy out as Dusty catches Brewers batting out of order (WAS)