The Philadelphia Phillies were faced with a bit of a predicament during the eighth inning of their Saturday night game against the New York Mets.
With runners on second and third and the game tied at 4-4, the Phillies opted to intentionally walk rookie Eric Campbell who was making his Major League debut. Such a move would have put the force play in play for the Phillies defense while a pinch hitter would have appeared for the Mets after the walk to Campbell.
However, after the Phillies tossed a ball catcher Carlos Ruiz noticed veteran Bobby Abreu on deck and walked out to the mound to greet pitcher Mike Adams. After a quick conversation, Ruiz decided to crouch down into proper catcher position and no longer was extending himself outside the batter’s box to catch an intentional walk.
Ironically enough, the Phillies, who changed their mind in the middle of the intentional walk struck out Campbell, then induced a soft ground ball from Abreu to end the inning.
Moments later, Ryan Howard drove home the winning run for the Phillies.
H/T Big League Stew