Nelson Cruz hits controversial home run that hurts Red Sox

The ball may have landed at 2nd base, however Nelson Cruz still got a crowning achievement. Thanks to an odd peculiarity of Tropicana Field, Cruz extended the Tampa Bay Rays’ lead over the Boston Red Sox in Video Game 1 of the American League Department Series on Thursday.

Cruz’s questionable blast happened in the 3rd inning. With the Rays currently leading 2-0, Cruz belted a hanging slider from Nick Pivetta out to left field. 2 Boston Red Sox outfielders tracked the ball to the wall. For a minute, it appeared like Cruz may have simply directly missed out on a crowning achievement. Then, the ball was up to the ground about 10 backyards in front of both outfielders. Regardless of that, it was ruled a crowning achievement.

How is that possible? Blame Tropicana Field.

The Fox Sports commentators were puzzled at first, however rapidly determined what took place. Cruz struck the ball so high that it bounced off among the catwalks at Tropicana Field. The park has several catwalk rings that walk around the whole arena. 

The one that Cruz hit was either the C-Ring or D-Ring. Any ball that strikes those rings is immediately ruled a crowning achievement, per the Rays’ site.

Batted ball that strikes either of the lower 2 catwalks (called the ‘C-Ring’ and the ‘D-Ring’), consisting of any lights or suspended items connected to either of those catwalks along with any angled assistance rods that link the ‘C-Ring’ to the masts that support the ‘D-Ring’ in reasonable area: Crowning achievement.

With the hit, Cruz, 41, ended up being the 2nd earliest gamer to strike a crowning achievement in the postseason.

The blast offered the Rays a 3-0 lead.

Rays catwalk gets struck a couple of times a year

It’s not the very first time among the Rays’ catwalks was associated with a play. A variety of infielders have actually been puzzled by pop-ups that struck a catwalk and either bounce in a totally opposite instructions or never ever boil down.

It’s not as typical for crowning achievement balls to strike a catwalk, however it has actually occurred. Prince Fielder handled the task in 2013.

Like Fielder, Cruz is likewise understood for his prodigious power. The Rays are wishing to ride that pop back to the World Series, where they wish to triumph this time around.

Nelson Cruz with the Rays.

Nelson Cruz struck a questionable crowning achievement versus the Red Sox. (Image by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos by means of Getty Images)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.