Baseball has a lot of “unwritten” rules. One of the more controversial ones is whether it should be considered acceptable to bunt while trying to break up a no-hitter.
Tuesday night, a game at the Double-A level reignited the debate again. The Hartford Yard Goats, leading 3-0 against the Trenton Thunder, had a no-hitter going between three pitchers and one out in the ninth inning.
Thunder batter Matt Lipka decided to try a bunt and laid it down perfectly. He posted the first hit of the game for his team.
Predictably, the Yard Goats were not thrilled with his decision. The benches cleared, but it doesn’t look like anyone threw any haymakers.
Here’s video of the bunt, followed by video of the aftermath. The Yard Goats finished with just one hit allowed.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 5, 2019
Aftermath of a near fight at the end of the @GoYardGoats and @TrentonThunder game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. 3-0 win for the Goats allowing only one hit as a team. #NoGoatsNoGlory #Pride #NBCCT @NBCConnecticut @GLucivero pic.twitter.com/N1QL5XUWFo
— Paul Ross (@RealPaulRoss) June 5, 2019
Personally, I think the score of a game matters when it comes to these “rules.” A 3-0 game is not out of reach. If it were 10-0, I believe it’d be a different story. Also, a combined no-hit bid is not the same thing as one pitcher trying to pull it off.
Regardless, the Yard Goats clearly weren’t happy. But they did get the win – so they’ll have to live with that.
Baseball fans – what do you think? Fair or foul?