Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made an acrobatic grab on a sixth-inning pop up that went into foul territory during the Cubs' game on Sunday, but thanks to an MLB rule, it allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to score a run en route to defeating the Cubs 3-2.
The Diamondbacks had scored once already in the inning to tie the game 1-1, and with runners on the corners, Aaron Hill popped a ball up towards the Cubs' dugout. Rizzo ranged over, stretched, and made the catch at the railing before tumbling over into the camera well alongside the dugout. He landed on his backside and threw the ball back into the field of play, but an umpire immediately motioned that Arizona's David Peralta, who began the play on third, would automatically advance to home, giving the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.
The ruling came courtesy of Rule 7.04(c):
"If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should fall into a stand or among spectators or into the dugout or any other out of play area while in possession of the ball after making a legal catch, or fall while in the dugout after making a legal catch, the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder fell into, or in, such out of play area."
Since Rizzo tumbled over the railing into the camera well, each of the two runners on base were allowed to advance, scoring Peralta and moving Miguel Montero to second.
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Rizzo, who is hitting .281 and tied for an NL-leading 23 home runs on the season, had hit a home run earlier in the inning.
- Aaron Somers