You really will not believe that. The Astros had a man with two outs in the lower part of the 10th innings last night, against the Padres, in a goalless game. Batter Alex Bregman popped up a rising 3-2 fastball from Padres pitcher Phil Maton. Just get out! Guaranteed . Right, people?
Woooooooooooooooooooooof. And there is your ball game! What the hell happened? Looking at the video, it looks like Catcher A.J. Ellis discovers the pop-up and points almost immediately to the first baseman Eric Hosmer; Maton sees it and takes some not very convincing steps; Hosmer is now on the truck from the beginning and after he has thrown some quick glances on his route, the ball seems to follow all the way until he seems to realize that he has been overrun
Per San Diego Union-Tribune :
"That's my ball all the way," said Hosmer. "… I tried to run in and make some ground well, but when I looked up, it was past me, it's up to me, that's my ball."
I think you should say that, but it is It's hard to see Ellis and Maton relinquishing their responsibility for catching a man who had to cover more than twice as much ground to get under not as Hosmer crashes his sword here. Ellis, on his loan, seems to agree:
"It was in this no-man's-land," he said. "… In retrospect, I should have been more aggressive and given another chance, I put Hos in a bad position, definitely something I should have done out there in the mix, no excuse, you catch the ball You have to go and catch the ball right there. "
But even in retrospect, there is confusion:
Said Hosmer:" No, that's too hard for a catcher to turn around and try. " "
I'm not sure what Hosmer means by turning around." I guess Ellis would not want to look away from his home plate if he hooked it in. I'm not sure why Maton is not three steps behind On the other hand, I'm pretty sure you will not see any funnier loss for the rest of this baseball season. "Bravo, all.