The San Francisco Giants managed to get a double play out of a walk in Wednesday’s win over the Pirates.
The tricky play started when Jean Machi walked Pirates catcher Chris Stewart.
Andrew Susac threw the ball to Machi, who fired it to second base. A wandering Travis Snider was caught and eventually tagged out.
Gaby Sanchez, who was on third base, broke for home.
The Giants fired the ball toward the plate, where Machi intercepted it.
Machi caught Sanchez in a rundown. The Pirate was tagged out and the Giants turned a walk into a double play.
”Just like we drew it up, right?” second baseman Joe Panik quipped. ”We got lucky with that one. Everything happened so quick. Almost like Little League, a rundown, playing a game of ‘Pickle.”’
Snider had thought it was a bases-loaded walk.
”Absolutely! It was 100 percent mental error on my part,” Snider said. ”Offensively, we could have made something happen. Honestly, I was thinking about getting to third base and if he walked I’d get to third. That’s obviously not what you want to happen when you have first open. I take ownership for that mistake.”
San Francisco stopped a skid that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club’s first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.
”You don’t see that very often. We got a break there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”I haven’t seen that. He must’ve thought the bases were loaded, going to third.”
The blunder on the bases left Pirates manager Clint Hurdle baffled.
”You know, I have a buddy and we always talk about how if you watch enough games, you’ll continually see something you have never seen before,” he said. ”Unfortunately, that’s the first time I’ve seen us walk into a double play.”