Gio Urshela Walked on Three Balls And No One Said Anything

Ryan Phillips
Gio Urshela walks to first base on ball three
Gio Urshela walks to first base on ball three /

Gio Urshela got a gift Friday night and no one seemed to notice. The New York Yankees third baseman walked on three pitches against the Detroit Tigers and not a single person on the field protested or made a stink.

In the top of the sixth inning with one out, Urshela dug in to face Kyle Funkhouser. The first pitch was a ball, up and in (1-0). The second was fouled off to the left side (1-1). The third was a called strike on the outside corner (1-2). The fourth was a check-swing foul ball (1-2). The fifth was a ball high (2-2). The sixth was fouled off (2-2). The seventh was fouled off (2-2). The eighth was fouled off (2-2). The ninth was a ball and Urshela walked to first on what should have been a 3-2 count.


That's nutty.

What appears to have happened is the fourth pitch -- the check swing foul -- was somehow registered as a ball:

Everyone else must have just forgotten the count. There's no way that fourth pitch was a ball, if you watch the video again, he clearly fouls the ball off and the catcher gets a new ball from the umpire.

In the end it didn't matter, the Tigers won 3-2, but I'm just amazed not a single person on the field noticed.