Minor-league team loses after player is called out for failing to touch home on homer
The Delmarva Shorebirds seemed like surefire winners of their game with the Augusta GreenJackets -- is there a better team name than that? -- on Sunday night.
Elier Levya hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Shorebirds what seemed like a 5-4 lead. However, Augusta appealed the play and it was ruled that Levya failed to touch home plate.
That led to him being called out on the play and left the game tied at 4-4.
The official ruling was that Leyva was given an RBI triple and called out at home.
"I had a feeling," GreenJackets manager Nestor Rojas said. "I saw he might have missed it. I went with a feeling and told the catcher to appeal, and we got it."
The GreenJackets went on to add a run in the 10th inning and the Shorebirds had turned what looked like victory into defeat.