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Rangers’ Marcus Semien get doubled up due to batting glove

Rangers infielder Marcus Semien was one step away, in this case a finger.

It’s an empty one, that’s it.

That was the call at the end of a lengthy video review of Game 4 of the ALCS between the Rangers and the Astros on Thursday night after a bizarre double play in the bottom of the fifth inning resulted in a 10-3 loss.

With no one out in the frame and a situation on first and second base, Texas shortstop Corey Seager hit a ball toward first baseman Jose Abreu and caught the first out, so Semien tried to avoid a force out. He was forced to scramble back to first base.

However, Abreu managed to tag the tip of Semien’s batting glove, resulting in an out on a play that was originally ruled safe.

Although it appeared at first glance that Semien had avoided the tag altogether, the Astros contested the call on the field and sent it to MLB headquarters in New York for review.

A closer look at the play revealed that Abreu’s swipe managed to catch Semien’s batting glove sticking out of his back pocket.

The call resulted in two outs in the inning, and rookie Evan Carter lined out to center field to end the inning.

The double play ended what could have been the start of a rally for the Rangers, who were trailing 7-3 at the time.


Astros first baseman Jose Abreu hit second baseman Marcus Semien into a double play in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Astros’ 10-3 victory over the Rangers in Game 4 of the ALCS.
USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Texas Rangers player Marcus Semien (right) is tagged out by Houston Astros first baseman Jose Abreu as he dives to first base in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Marcus Semien is tagged by Jose Abreu.
AP

The Texans held a 2-0 series lead after winning the first two games in Houston, but returned to Globe Life Park with a rather disappointing result.

The Rangers are trying to prevent the Astros from advancing to the World Series for the fourth time in five years.

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