Jose Tabata Hit-By-Pitch Didn't Break MLB's Unwritten Rules
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer lost his chance at a perfect game when an inside slider bounced off the elbow of the Pirates' Jose Tabata.By Matt Moreno | June 21, 2015
Don't sit and watch your home run. Don't cut through the pitchers mound. Don't steal a base when you're way ahead. And you definitely don't bunt or lean into a pitch to break up a perfect game.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata is being accused of that last one after a two-out, 9th inning hit-by-pitch broke up Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer's perfect game. The pitch was a bit inside and bounced off Tabata's elbow.
Scherzer still got the no-hitter, but many were upset at Tabata's seemingly deliberate actions, feeling the pitch should've been called a ball.