ARLINGTON -- Pat Burrell had a busy first inning during Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday.
The Giants' left fielder struck out against Texas' Colby Lewis with two men on to end a threat in the top of the inning before being involved in two plays -- one successful and one not -- in the bottom of the frame.
With one out and no one on, Rangers shortstop Michael Young hit a sinking line drive to left. Burrell charged and slid and appeared to snag the ball before it hit the ground. But when his glove slammed against the ground, the ball slipped out, and left-field umpire John Hirschbeck ruled no catch was made.
Section 2.00 of baseball's Official Rules defines a catch and says an umpire should not call an out if the fielder "falls down, and as a result of such collision or falling, drops the ball." Later, the rule says, "the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional."
Two batters later, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero hit a fly ball toward the left-field corner, but Burrell was able to make a running catch before extending his hands and running into the wall.