Batter got four strikes

It’s safe to say that the whole “three strikes and your out” rule in baseball is pretty widely known – it’s even included the famous Take Me Out to the Ballgame song. But apparently, home plate umpire Jim Wolf was not aware, or simply lost count.

In the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, Boston pitcher Rich Hill threw three strikes to Yordan Alvarez of the Astros, which should have resulted in a strikeout – but nobody noticed.

Facing a 1-0 count, Alvarez is called for strike one then hits a popup foul for strike two. Hill’s next pitch is a called strike up in the zone for what should have been strike three – but it wasn’t called. Instead, Hill threw one more pitch to Alvarez, who grounded out to first base.

Ultimately, the result wasn’t that different: Alverez was put out and there were no runners on base to be affected, but it’s still an embarrassing blunder, and the MLB world was not very forgiving.

This is just the latest in a series of embarrassing MLB umpire failures. To make matters worse, Angel Hernandez was also on this crew, and he has now become infamous around the league for his mistakes.

[Jomboy Media]