A controversial call on a check swing resulted in a game-winning bases-loaded walk as the Lakewood BlueClaws beat the Lexington Legends 2-1 in 10 innings Tuesday night in Lakewood.
With the score tied 1-1 and one out in the bottom of the 10th, Lakewood's Keoni deRenne drew a walk from Lexington reliever Wander Alvino. DeRenne went to third on a single by Jiwan James. Jonathan Villar was intentionally walked to load the bases. Leandro Castro flied to short right field for the second out, and the runners held.
The count went to three balls and two strikes on Jonathan Singleton. During his at-bat, he grounded down the first-base line to Aaron Bray, who stepped on the bag, but the ball was ruled foul.
On the final pitch, Singleton started to swing but held up. The pitch was ruled a ball by plate umpire Ryan Karle, and field umpire Jonathan Bailey, on an appeal, ruled that Singleton did not swing, and the walk forced in the winning run.