Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jesse Winker defied the laws of physics in somehow avoiding a tag at third base in the Reds 7-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday.
In the top of the 2nd with the Reds up 3-0 with one out, Winker hit a shot to left-center and tried to turn a double into a triple.
The announcers thought it was a bad idea.
“He is out by a mile,” the play-by-play announcer said. “Not a good decision with nobody out or with one out, excuse me.”
The third-base umpire called him out. But Winker wouldn’t take no for an answer. He knew he was safe.
He had contorted his body to stop the momentum of his slide, then somehow brought his leg over the glove of third baseman Travis Shaw. In the process, he fell over the outstretched Shaw and landed with his hand on third base.
— MLB (@MLB) June 21, 2019
The Reds immediately challenged the call on the field.
“It’ll be the most incredible no-tag in the history of baseball if this is overturned,” the commentator said.
“Ope, just gonna squeeze right by ya.” pic.twitter.com/WaJN7nF7Ju
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Moments later, the umpires came back and confirmed that Winker was indeed safe.
“Safe is the call — wow,” the announcer said.
“The most unbelievable missed tag in the history of the game — we just saw it,” he added.
Jesse Winker is a magician who somehow pop-slid-jumped over third baseman Travis Shaw for a triple! pic.twitter.com/A36I79P5ov
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Winker was stranded at third, but the Reds went on to win 7-1 — their fifth straight victory. Tanner Roark (5-6) earned the win, giving up one run on three hits in six innings. The Reds improved to 35-38.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Brewers, who fell to 40-35.
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