VIDEO: Base-running blunder costs minor league team walk-off win
A minor-league team blew a walk-off single on Monday by running the bases improperly.
Now, this is something I haven't seen before. On Monday night in a Midwest League game (Class A), Blue Jays prospect Chris Hawkins hit a walk-off single to center field for the Lansing Lugnuts against the Dodgers' Great Lakes Loons affiliate. Except the run didn't count.
The bases were loaded with two outs, the score was tied at 4, but the runner on first base never bothered to go to second on the hit. The center fielder scooped up the ball and fired to second base for a forceout, ending the inning and negating the run.
Here's the video. Fast forward to the 1:17 mark to see the would-be walk-off hit, celebration and subsequent argument:
In case you're unclear on the rules, no run is allowed to score while a forceout is being made to end an inning, even if the runner crosses the plate before the out is made.
To make matters worse for the Lugnuts, they went on to lose the game in the 10th inning. That is as rough as it gets right there.
This is what the minor leagues are for, though, to help players learn to ... run the bases on a walk-off hit? I think it's safe to say the runner (Santiago Nessy) won't ever make that mistake again.