Mets bat out of order in first inning against Reds, go on to lose 2-1 in 10 innings
The New York Mets’ downward spiral continued with a Little League blunder Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati when they batted out of order in the first inning against the Reds.
The lineup handed to the umpires had Asdrubal Cabrera hitting second and Wilmer Flores batting third. The team’s intended lineup, though, had Flores hitting second and Cabrera batting third. That lineup was even on the scoreboard.
Flores struck out and Cabrera doubled to left, but Cabrera did not get to enjoy his hit for long as Reds manager Jim Riggleman showed home plate umpire Gabe Morales the lineup card that featured Flores hitting in front of Cabrera.
Jay Bruce was then ruled out on a putout to the catcher.
The gaffe certainly had some impact on the result: The Mets went on to lose 2-1 in 10 innings, their 15th loss in 21 games.
“It probably cost us the game,” says Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who took responsibility for the error.
Baseball rules place the onus on the opposing manager, not the umpires, to point out lineup discrepancies. It’s in the best interest of the team in the field to wait until the opposing club has gained an advantage from the illegal lineup to point out the error.
Thus, Riggleman wisely waited for a positive event – Cabrera’s double, in this case – to play that card.
There was also confusion in the second inning after Adrian Gonzalez singled to start the inning since the Reds seemingly thought Bruce should have led off the inning. Riggleman met with the managers, but Gonzalez did bat in the right spot.
In the third inning, Cabrera hit second and Flores batted third in accordance with the official lineup. Cabrera drove in a run with an RBI groundout.
The Milwaukee Brewers were the last team to bat out of order, doing so in the first inning on July 4, 2016 against the Washington Nationals, according to ESPN Stats & Information.