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Minor League Team Loses After HR Hitter Fails To Touch Home Plate

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There are bad losses, then there are bad losses, and somewhere well past that are losses where your ninth-inning go-ahead home run doesn’t count because you didn’t touch home plate after rounding the bases.

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The Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles’ single-A affiliate) were down a run to the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) in the top of the ninth, with a man on, when Elier Leyva hit a two-run home run that should have given Delmarva the lead. But Augusta appealed, claiming Leyva had failed to touch the plate. He was called out, because they were absolutely right:

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Leyva was credited with a triple and called out at home, and the game went to extra innings, where the GreenJackets won on a walkoff single in the tenth.

H/t Adam.

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