Houston Astros third basemen Alex Bregman blasted umpires Wednesday night after a triple was changed to an out because of fan interference.
In the sixth inning of Houston's 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Bregman seemingly led off with a triple; however, it was determined after review that a fan prevented Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra from making the catch after reaching over the wall and touching the ball.
According to ESPN.com, Bregman was highly frustrated by the decision:
"It was a f--king joke, and they should be f--king ashamed of themselves. Obviously, the guy has never played f--king baseball before in his life, the guy in charge of whoever made that decision.
"There is no possible way you can say that a left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make a catch. It changed the whole f--king game. We're up 2-1 at the time, I'm at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in, and it's 3-1. It's f--king horrible."
The Astros did not score a run in the sixth, and they went on to lose after a walk-off home run by Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
Although there is no guarantee Parra would have made the catch, he said this after the game: "It almost hit me in the face. I thought, 'What happened? At the last second the ball moved.' I never saw the fan touch the ball until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball."
The official MLB rule states that a batter will be called out if fan interference "clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball."
The 24-year-old Bregman has come into his own this season with a .282 batting average, 21 home runs and 68 RBI. He was also named the 2018 All-Star Game MVP by virtue of his game-winning homer in extra innings for the American League.
Despite Wednesday's controversial loss, the Astros are sitting pretty with a five-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West.