NEW YORK -- John Buck thought he gave his team a leadoff baserunner in the bottom of the 12th inning of Thursday's game against the D-backs, but ended up out of the game altogether.
The catcher, pinch-hitting for relief pitcher Carlos Torres, started swinging at a pitch below the strike zone and tried to hold up before jogging to first base.
By the time he was almost halfway to first base, home-plate umpire Tim Welke signaled to first-base ump Mike Everitt, who said Buck went around. Buck, clearly frustrated, reluctantly trotted to the dugout, arguing the call on the way before getting tossed by Everitt.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less