Ben Zobrist continued his hot hitting against the Cincinnati Reds, collecting four hits, driving in a run and scoring twice as the Royals scored in the first two innings and let the bullpen and bonehead base running by the Reds help them to a two-game series sweep with a 4-3 win. The victory at Great American Ballpark opens up a 14.5 game lead for the Royals in the A.L. Central.
The key point in the game came in the fifth inning and the Royals had their backs against the wall. Brandon Phillips’ hit a one-out single against starter Jeremy Guthrie in a 4-3 game to load the bases for Cincinnati. Ned Yost lifted Guthrie and called on Luke Hochevar from the bullpen.
Jay Bruce popped one up on the infield that had Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer converging towards the first base foul line about 25 feet from home plate. The home plate umpire called the infield fly rule for the out on Bruce. However, the runner on third, Jason Bourgeois, broke from third base and tried to score. Hochevar threw to catcher Drew Butera, who easily tagged Bourgeois for the inning-ending double play.
According to Major League Baseball rules, runners may advance at their own risk when the infield fly rule is called.
Watch the play courtesy (MLB.com)