I mentioned in the recaps that Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run against the Padres. You won’t believe how San Diego’s two unearned runs were scored. Or maybe you will. Because it all got kicked off by Yasiel Puig trying to do too much on a routine play.
Runners on first and second and one out. A fly out to center. No big deal. The play ends if Puig just eats the ball after he catches it. But he throws it offline to first in an effort to double off the runner there. The ball goes flying, which allows the runners to advance to second and third. OK, the play can end then, right?
Nope. A.J. Ellis, who backed up the errant throw to first base, was clearly infected by Puig’s enthusiasm and he throws the ball away over second base as he tries to nail the runner who advanced there. The lead runner heads home. OK. One run. Not too bad! Let’s get out number — wait, oh my God, Hanley, what are you doing?!
Hanley Ramirez — who was all the way out in center by the time this was going down — fields Ellis’ crappy throw and fires a crappy throw home of his own in an effort to get that lead runner. He’s way offline and it goes to the backstop. That lead runner, who was going to score anyway, scores, and runner who was originally on first base rounds third and heads home.
A.J. Ellis is probably pretty tired at this point. He ran down to first to back up Puig’s throw, fired it to the outfield, and then ran all the way back to his position and fielded Ramirez’s throw. That runner who was on first base when the play began is now chugging his way home. He should be dead to rights at home, where Kershaw is covering. Ellis picks it up and, welp, no, the throw is too late. Two runs in on what started out as a shallow fly to center.
Kershaw’s flip of the ball once the play is over says it all.
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