Marlins' Richard Bleier called for three balks in same at-bat against Mets

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Richard Bleier and the Marlins took down the Mets on Tuesday night, but Miami nearly allowed New York to come back in the most bizarre way possible.

Down three in the bottom of the eighth, the Mets cut the deficit to two with Pete Alonso at the plate, and not needing to take the bat off his shoulder. Bleier and first base umpire John Tumpane handled it by calling Bleier on three balks in a single at-bat.

Bleier, who had never been called for a balk in his entire career before Tuesday night, was ruled to not have brought his hands to a set before coming to the plate with a pitch to Alonso, allowing Jeff McNeil to advance from first to second.  Two pitches later, it happened again, sending McNeil to third. After three more pitches, Bleier was called for a balk yet again, allowing McNeil to score and sparking a tirade from Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who was promptly ejected.

Bleier was in disbelief himself, but Miami was able to hang on for the win, and a Braves victory meant New York and Atlanta were once again tied atop the NL East with a week left in the season.

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