Ian Kinsler: Detroit Tigers Infielder Intentionally Drops Pop Fly to Set up Force Out at 2nd Base

By Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.
April 18, 2016 Updated: April 18, 2016

Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler let an infield pop-up by Tyler White of the Astros fall to the ground with Colby Rasmus on first and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning before throwing the ball to second for the force out. The play allowed Detroit to have a slower baserunner on first base.

Watch Kinsler’s “mis-play” of the pop-up here:

The play was ruled a fielder’s choice—as opposed to an error—and so the slower White took first base. Of course, the quick-thinking Kinsler meant to miss the fly ball for that very reason.

The reason the infield fly rule wasn’t called was because there was only one runner on base. In order for an infield fly rule to go into effect, runners must be on first and second or first, second, and third base with less than two outs and a fly ball is on the infield.

Unfortunately for Kinsler and Detroit, the Astros won anyway 5–4 despite Kinsler’s exploits in the field—and his two-run home run at the plate.

Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.