Wheel tough loss for Lugnuts

The Class-A Lansing Lugnuts celebrated a 5-4 victory over the
Great Lakes Loons Monday night after outfielder Chris Hawkins hit a
bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning to drive home
Dwight Smith for the winning run.

Problem is, the winning run didn’t count because Santiago
Nessy, the runner on first, didn’t reach second base before
joining in the celebration.

According to MLive.com, Great Lakes center
fielder James Baldwin fielded the hit and, noticing that Nessy had
never touched the bag, threw to second base. Infielder Kevin Taylor
then stepped on the bag for a force-out to nullify Smith’s
apparent game-winning run.

You can see the play in question below, and there’s no
arguing that Nessy never reached second :

That’s an embarrassing enough mistake for a team to make,
on its own. But it gets worse for the Lugnuts: They would go on to
lose the game in 10 innings to fall to 2-9 in the second half of
the Midwest League season.