The Pirates do not appear to love touching first base.
Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes launched a ball down the right-field line that carried over the wall for a house run in Tuesday’s recreation towards the Dodgers. Or, somewhat, what ought to have been a house run.
On video evaluation, it was discovered that Hayes missed the primary base bag when he was rounding the bases. Consequently, he was referred to as out.
Hayes was sprinting round by way of the primary half of the hit, clearly uncertain if the ball had in truth cleared the wall for a house run after it bounced again into proper discipline off the seats. Video exhibits that as he was rounding first, he was wanting down the right-field line and his left foot steps simply to the facet of the bottom.
The house run would have put Pittsburgh up 1-0 within the first inning and given Hayes his second residence run in 5 video games.
The missed bag by Hayes is the most recent miscue for a Pirates staff that has struggled within the 2021 season. Earlier within the 12 months, they had been the topic of one other viral mistake as first baseman Will Craig tried chasing down Cubs shortstop Javier Baez on what ought to have been a groundout, however that in the end allowed a run to attain and Baez to achieve second. Had Craig simply stepped again and touched first base as an alternative of working after Baez, who had turned and bolted again towards the batter’s field, the Pirates would’ve escaped the inning trailing by solely a run.
However the Pirates aren’t the one staff to lose a house run on a baserunning blunder. On Opening Day, Dodgers heart fielder Cody Bellinger cleared the left discipline wall for a house run; nonetheless, third baseman Justin Turner, who had simply run previous second base and began retreating again towards first, thought the fly ball was an out and had not gone over the fence. Bellinger handed his confused teammate on the basepaths, leading to an out for Bellinger, however Turner scored for the reason that ball did clear the wall, leading to a puzzling RBI single.
Rounding the bases is meant to be the simplest a part of the house run. However clearly, typically, it is nonetheless not that straightforward.