Pirates' Travis Snider Takes Ground-Rule Double Off His Face

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

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Monday night's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds is the early leader for the weirdest game of the 2014 MLB season.

Before play was suspended due to rain after six innings, the two teams had combined to slug 10 home runs. Each of the three times the Reds took the lead in the game, the Pirates answered with back-to-back blasts to lead off the next inning.

The Reds needed some help in taking one of their leads. In the bottom of the fourth, Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier hit a ball down the right-field line. Pittsburgh right fielder Travis Snider slid to try to catch the ball, but the ball missed his glove and hit him in the face:

The umpires originally ruled that it was a foul ball. However, the Reds had plenty of time to look at the play while the Pirates trainers checked on Snider. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price challenged the play, and the umpires awarded Frazier with a double after replays showed that the ball hit Snider's face in fair territory.

Cincinnati took advantage of the bizarre play. Left fielder Ryan Ludwick homered two batters later to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.