MLB officials have admitted that the Dodgers should not have been awarded a controversial ninth-inning timeout Saturday that likely robbed the Yankees of the tying run, not that it's going to change the outcome of the game.
On the play, Yankees runners were at first and second with one out when Gio Urshela hit a grounder to third baseman Justin Turner, who looked to start a game-ending double play. Second baseman Max Muncy caught Turner's flip but then got wiped out by Brett Gardner's hard slide for an apparent forceout.
Gleyber Torres, who started the play on second, rounded third and then headed home with Muncy down on the ground, trying to score the tying run. Instead, Torres was stopped by the umpires because time had been called by Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The strange sequence set off a two-minute replay review. Gardner was called safe at second, beating the throw with a hard but legal slide.
"Shouldn’t have been called," Boone said, adding that the play "appeared to be dead" to plate umpire Gabe Morales.
Boone said he has moved on.
"Hopefully, it’s something we can all take and learn from," he said said.
Boone said MLB also informed him that reliever Cory Gearrin should not have been called for a balk Monday night against Seattle. The right-hander's unusual delivery includes a toe tap.
“It should not be an issue moving forward,” Boone said.