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Fan interference nixes Altuve HR in Game 4

18 October 2018

A mountain of controversy arose on a ball hit by Jose Altuve in the first inning of Game 4 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros. One of the fans strongly denied during the game that he had committed interference, claiming that he never reached over the wall into the field of play.

The call was subjected to a lengthy review, after which Major League Baseball ruled the call on the field would stand, meaning there wasn't enough evidence to overturn it. It happens all the time, with first and third baseman leaning into the stands to catch foul pop ups, yet it's such a fixable problem.

The Red Sox caught a break with the way West made the initial call on the field.

Astros manager AJ Hinch cracked a joke when asked if there were enough cameras at the ballpark to properly review plays like Altuve's hit. He does so at his own risk.

Replays appeared to show that Betts' left arm extended over the wall and into the sea of fans. "I'm 100 percent positive I was going to be able to catch that one", he said.

Caldwell said he immediately started getting texts that he had cost Altuve and the Astros a home run. Altuve was declared out via fly out to Betts because of fan interference, nullifying what would have been a potential game-tying, two run home run. It states, "No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball".

Mookie Betts looked like he was about to make one of the best catches in recent playoff memory. At least that's how crew chief Joe West saw it, as he ruled Altuve out due to fan interference, wiping the runs off the board for the Astros. The ball bounced off his glove and back into the field of play.

Caldwell claimed another fan was the one who actually touched Betts's glove.

Originally, umpires ruled Altuve was out via fan interference. They didn't reach over the fence.

The Red Sox are leading the Astros, 2-1, in tonight's game.

The Astros will play in Game 5 on Thursday at 8:09 ET, with Verlander pitching for Houston as the Red Sox lead the series 3-1. Also: "I'm going to need security to escort me out of here if the Astros don't come back to win this".

Fan interference nixes Altuve HR in Game 4