Kevin Durant is still questionable to play in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors, but that might be the only thing that could hold this series from being a sweep. Golden State won Game 1 by 12 points — despite two sensational showings from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — before crushing the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 to a score of 110-81. Though Game 3 is shifting back to Portland for Game 3, it’s hard to see what the Trail Blazers can really do to make this more competitive.
But Mudcats third baseman Lucas Erceg has his head in the game. He glances toward his pitcher and fakes throwing the ball back to him, but he doesn’t actually get rid of it. Everyone on the Mudcats proceeds as normal, whether they all know the jig is up or not, and get set for the next pitch. But Erceg retains the ball, hidden away.
It takes 40 seconds after Erceg first catches the ball for the baserunner on third to finally take a lead and step off the bag. Erceg tags him immediately. We lack a wide Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys video angle to prove this, but it seems that the Mudcat pitcher never stepped on the pitching Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys rubber. As long as he didn’t, there’s no balk, and this is all above board. And if he did toe the rubber, congrats to the Mudcats on pulling off the perfect crime.
The Astros’ manager, Omar Lopez, argued the out call and was ejected
On the next batter, the Mudcats pulled off another unique bit of defense. This play also involved Erceg, though it wasn’t as intentional as the hidden ball.