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Carl Crawford caught stealing on count mishap

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Friday night at Dodger Stadium offered a rare sight: Carl Crawford, he of the 81.5% career stolen base success rate, getting caught stealing standing up at second base.

This was possible the easiest caught stealing of Russell Martin's career.
This was possible the easiest caught stealing of Russell Martin's career.
Harry How

Even the newest technology doesn't work 100 percent of the time. Friday night in the third inning of the Dodgers' 3-0 win over the Pirates, the right field video board froze and for a brief period wasn't displaying the correct count or game situation.

Zack Greinke reached on an error. Carl Crawford grounded into a fielder's choice to replace Greinke on the basepaths, then ran on a 2-2 pitch to Mark Ellis. Crawford was caught rather easily, standing up at second base, but it wasn't a true stolen base attempt. Crawford thought the count was full, and with two outs was running on the pitch.

Why? Because first base umpire Gerry Davis said so.

"The umpire at first told him it was 3-2. That's when the board wasn't working," said manager Don Mattingly after the game, able to laugh about the incident with a win. "The umpire at first basically apologized to me, he looked over and said it was his fault. It's amazing how we rely on those scoreboards."