The Pirates don’t seem to like touching first base.
Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes threw a ball down the right-field line that went over the wall for a home run in Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. Or rather, what a home run should have been.
In the video review, it was found that Hayes missed the first base bag when he was rounding the bases. As a result, he was called.
Hayes sprinted through the first half of the hit, clearly unsure whether the ball had in fact cleared the wall for a home run after it bounced into right field from the seats. The video shows that when he was turning first, he was facing the right field line and his left foot walks just to the side of the base.
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The home run would have put Pittsburgh up 1-0 in the first inning and gave Hayes his second home run in five games.
Hayes’ lost bag is the latest mistake by a Pirates team that has struggled in the 2021 season. Earlier in the year, they were the subject of another viral error when first baseman Will Craig tried to chase down Cubs shortstop, Javier Báez, on what should have been a grounder, but that ultimately allowed one run to score and Baez to reach second. If Craig had backed up and touched first base instead of running after Baez, who had turned and ran for the batter’s box, the Pirates would have escaped the inning and lost by just one run.
But the Pirates aren’t the only team to lose a home run to a base running error. On Opening Day, the Dodgers center fell, Cody Bellinger cleared the left-field wall for a home run; However, third baseman Justin Turner, who had just passed second base and started backing up to first, thought the fly was an out and had missed the fence. Bellinger passed his confused teammate on the bases, resulting in an out for Bellinger, but Turner scored as the ball went over the wall, resulting in a disconcerting RBI single.
Rounding the bases is supposed to be the easiest part of the home run. But clearly, sometimes, it’s still not that easy.