The play was reviewed and Rizzo's slide was determined to be legal.
Whatever the case, there was controversy on Rizzo's slide into home took out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz during Monday's game in Pittsburgh. Turns out, there as a significant reason Diaz's throw went so far astray from its target.
"Both the Cubs and Pirates have been told by the league that Rizzo should've been called for interference on his slide at home", Muskat posted.
Thanks to some suspect defense and Elias Diaz getting a little home run revenge, the Cubs went down 3-0 nearly immediately in this one, but Jon Lester managed to make it through six innings allowing just one more run, and the Cubs ultimately came back to win.
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"In my personal opinion, I don't think it was a good slide", Diaz said through an interpreter. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle argued the call and was ejected. Never want to try to hurt someone.
The Cubs won the game 7-0. You've got to break up a double play. They're playing as hard as they can over there, we're playing as hard as we can over here.
Apart from the direct violation of a fairly new rule about plays at home plate, which should have triggered the second out of a double play, Rizzo clearly violated the code between players to protect each other from potential injury when discretion allows it. "Fortunately, we broke it up, everyone comes out healthy".