Except he did not.
Umpires ruled the pitch a balk and sent Ruiz back to third.
Rule 8.01(d) states that "A ball which slips out of a pitcher's hand and crosses the foul line shall be called a ball; otherwise it will be called no pitch. This would be a balk with men on base."
The umpires ruled the play correctly.
"I knew it was a balk," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "Because it didn't cross the foul line, it's a balk. The runners advance, but the ball is dead so the runner could not score. There is a certain play where if a balk is called and the pitcher makes a pitch and the hitter gets a base hit, then the hitter can elect to choose the hit. But that wasn't the case with that play. I don't think I've ever seen that before, but as it turned out it worked out best for us, with Maikel Franco's home run."
Wood walked Herrera on the next pitch to load the bases and Franco followed with a grand slam against reliever Joel Peralta.
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