A curveball in the dirt somehow ended up stuck in Yasmani Grandal's chest protector
One of the beauties of baseball is the sheer variety -- the sense that just about anything can happen. Any given pitch can travel in a number of different directions: over the fence, in a fielder's glove, in the stands, in a cup of beer. But even by the standards of #WeirdBaseball, where this Ross Stripling curveball ended up during the Dodgers' 14-3 win over the D-backs was ... new.
Yes, seriously, the baseball ended up inside Yasmani Grandal's chest protector -- and refused to leave. We promise this isn't an optical illusion:
MLB.com's Jack Baer reported that neither manager Dave Roberts nor Vin Scully, a 67-year MLB vet, had ever seen anything like it before. Starter Ross Stripling also talked about the play postgame:
Exactly what's the ruling when a baseball gets lodged in a player's uniform? Apparently it's a wild pitch -- which, according to Rule 5.06(c)(7) in the MLB Official Rulebook, allowed Jake Lamb to score from third but saved Grandal from perhaps the most sad-trombone error of all time. It was a weirdness in the batter's box theme that was apparent throughout the D-backs-Dodgers series: