Swisher involved in another HBP controversy

Swisher involved in another HBP controversy

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees appeared to catch a break in the fifth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series when Alex Rodriguez scored on what appeared to be a hit by pitch, and in the end, it turned out to be their only run in a 6-1 loss to the Rangers.

With Rodriguez on third and Nick Swisher at the plate, Rangers starter Colby Lewis threw a curveball that bounced and replays showed it hit the left-handed-hitting Swisher on his left leg. After hitting Swisher, the ball changed direction, bouncing away from catcher Bengie Molina.


Rodriguez trotted home on the play to tie the game at 1.

Had home-plate umpire Brian Gorman ruled it a hit by pitch, Swisher would have been awarded first base, but Rodriguez would have had to hold at third.

Molina argued with Gorman and Texas manager Ron Washington did as well, but to no avail.

"The bounce it took to the wall was funny and that ball never bounced off me, so I knew it hit him," Molina said.

Swisher wound up tapping out to the pitcher and Jorge Posada followed with a double down the right-field line before Lewis was able to get out of the inning.

It was the second time in this series that Swisher appeared to have been hit by a pitch, but not awarded first base. In the eighth inning of Game 4, it appeared that Darren Oliver grazed Swisher's pant leg with a pitch. It was not ruled a hit by pitch and Swisher wound up flying out.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.