"The rule is very clear, the way it's stated now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It just looked like there was no lane to slide. As the catcher, you have a responsibility to give the runner a lane before you have the ball in your possession, and I think that was clearly the case."
With Calhoun attempting to steal second, Albert Pujols lined a shot up the middle that barely snuck through the middle and trickled into the outfield. Calhoun easily reached third and tried to score when center fielder Leonys Martin's throw went up the third-base line. Yu Darvish fielded the errant throw in foul ground and threw home to beat Calhoun.
Calhoun slid feet-first toward Gimenez, who applied the tag to Calhoun's leg. Rule 7.13, an experimental rule this season, states, "Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score."
Said Washington: "You can't stop the instincts of the game from happening. To me, that was an instinctive play. I think each play has to be judged for what it is. What's the catcher supposed to do, look down at the plate, and see where his feet are supposed to be?"
"I, honestly, really don't know what I'm supposed to do on that play," Gimenez said. "It was just a reaction play. The ball took Darvish over there, and I kind of went over there. It was a situation where there wasn't any intent [to block the plate]."
The play gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in an eventual 5-2 win.
Washington entered the game still upset because of umpire Vic Carapazza's ejections of Alex Rios and Michael Choice for arguing strikes the night before at Angel Stadium.
Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.