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Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

Pittsburgh Pirates  v Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 27: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte -- who came to the plate with a runner on first base -- insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.

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