The Los Angeles Dodgers may have shut out the struggling Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday night, however the losers stole the show. The hidden ball trick was on display in Los Angeles when Evan Longoria was able to discreetly obtain the ball and tag out Juan Uribe as he stepped off the base.
Previously the hidden ball trick had seemed to be more of an old wive’s tale than an actual baseball play. Although not an official stat, the MLB lore surrounding the use of the play appears to be far from factual, with no real official accounts of its use.
Last night’s use of the hidden ball trick occurred when Juan Uribe of the Dodgers reached third on a sacrifice fly with two outs in the fourth inning. While dusting himself off, Uribe’s head was down. That gave the Rays the opportunity to pass the ball quickly to Longoria, who waited for his unknowing fellow third baseman. Sure enough, Uribe stepped off the bag and was tagged out before he knew what hit him.
Yasiel Puig, the sensation of the Major League Baseball season, took to Twitter to explain to his Dodgers’ teammate how to refrain from getting duped by the hidden ball trick in the future.
El pie en la base para q no te metan out pic.twitter.com/1Xcq52uQue
— yasielpuig (@YasielPuig) August 10, 2013
An awesome play that showed a great deal of creativity by the Rays to even attempt it, it would have been that much more impressive if they won the game.
Zack Greinke pitched a solid 6 1/3 shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out seven to pick up his tenth win of the season.
Offensively the Dodgers benefitted from four hits from Skip Schumaker and an Adrian Gonzalez home run.
Losing their fourth straight, the Rays are now on their worst losing streak of the season, while the Dodgers remain hot as ever.
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