Minor league team walks off twice in one game after protest upheld
Thanks to an upheld protest, the Charleston RiverDogs had two walk-off hits in one game earlier this week.
This has been a busy week for the Low Class A Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees). First they set a new single-season attendance record on Tuesday, and to celebrate they raffled off a 1998 Honda Civic with 285,000 miles, matching the attendance total. Then, on Thursday, the club unveiled a new logo and uniforms for the 2016 season, according to Baseball America's Josh Leventhal.
Tuesday and Wednesday is when it got really weird. Following the car raffle, the RiverDogs walked off with a 4-3 win on a single by infielder Donny Sands. It was more like a walk-off single/fielder's choice, because there was some baserunning funny business involved. Check it out:
Ah yes, Single A ball. Nothing makes you appreciate the quality of major league baseball quite like watching a bunch of minor leaguers run the bases and attempt a rundown.
There was a problem with that walk-off though. Asheville Tourists (Rockies) manager Warren Schaeffer came out to argue the call at the plate on the game-tying run, at which point umpire Ryan Powers threw his hands up to call the play dead. You can see that at the 0:15 mark of the video.
Once Powers threw his hands up, the play is dead. Except the teams kept playing. The rundown happened and the game-winning run crossed the plate after Powers ruled the play dead. The Tourists protested the game, officials with the South Atlantic League reviewed the tape, then upheld the protest.
The RiverDogs and Tourists replayed the game from the point of the protest on Wednesday. The game-tying run had scored -- that happened before Powers called the play dead when Schaeffer came out to argue -- but not winning run.
That's okay though. A few innings later, RiverDogs DH Isaias Tejeda ended the game with a walk-off home run. Here's the video:
Thanks to the upheld protest, Charleston walked off twice in one game. Not really, of course, the first walk-off didn't count because of the protest, but it's the thought that counts.
"The reaction by the players, I think they really wanted to win that game after everything happened," said RiverDogs manager Luis Dorante to MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan. "I've never seen two walk-offs, two heroes in the same game, but we came though, so it's good to see the guys come through like that and continue playing baseball."
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