CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 08: Matt Wisler #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after balking to end the game 2-1 in the tenth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 08, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Hey Rays fans. What’s more embarrassing than losing to a Reds team that’s probably going to finish the season with 100 losses? Losing like this. A game ending balk in the bottom of the 10th inning.

As reported by ESPN “Kolozsvary opened the 10th on second as a pinch-runner for Mike Moustakas. He advanced on Nick Senzel’s sacrifice bunt against Wisler (2-3). Albert Almora Jr. walked before Wisler’s balk with pinch-hitter Tyler Naquin at the plate.”

Kolozsvary was on second with the automatic runner rule, which we have thoughts on.

Yes, with the interpretation of the rules it was a balk. Back foot engaged with the pitching rubber and he brought the glove up slightly, and then waived the glove.  But man, it’s already difficult enough chasing the Yankees in the AL East. Then after some amazing pitching, to lose a game on a walk off balk. That’s rough.

 

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