Blue Jays Lose After Jose Bautista Slide Results in DP on ‘Chase Utley Rule’

Tuesday night’s contest between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays ended in controversy after a slide by Jose Bautista at second base resulted in a “Chase Utley Rule” double play.

With the bases loaded, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to third. Running from first, Bautista slid into the bag, and Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe threw wide of first as he tried to complete a double play. It appeared two runs had scored in what was a 3-2 game.

Instead, the umpires ruled Joey Bats did not “make a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on the base.” They thus ruled Encarnacion out as well, ending the game.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was far from amused:

Bautista also defended his slide:

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