There was a bizarre play at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday night.
A reminder that baseball can be beautiful and confusing, each in their own way.
Late in the fifth inning, just minutes after Joey Votto broke his 10th home run of the season to give the Reds a 5-2 lead, a brief pandemonium streak ensued.
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With one out, Kyle Farmer hoisted a bloop single into shallow right field.
Right behind him, Nick Senzel charged a line into the left field wall with Orioles left fielder Austin Hays following him along the way.
Hays, who timed his jump perfectly, trapped the ball off the wall in his glove seamlessly. Hays turned quickly and returned the ball.
“I saw him hit the wall but, you know, Farm didn’t,” Senzel said. “And that’s how it is. It’s not like he’s doing anything, just playing the game. He’s got a hard angle. It was so weird. He just ricocheted off the top of the wall into the glove from the guy, but he threw it to first base anyway.
Farmer avoided contact with Senzel.
“Nick hit hard,” Farmer said. “I saw (Hays) jump and jump really high and I saw the ball in his glove. I feel bad that Nick didn’t get hit because you hit a ball so hard you’re supposed to get a hit. I just thought he caught it.
As Farmer rushed to first base, he passed Senzel, who stopped and threw up his arms in confusion.
“A scorpion slip is when your feet go like this,” Farmer said, gesturing with his hands. “You know, a scorpion looks like this. My feet were the scorpion’s stinger.
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The farmer’s face collided with the dirt around first base.
“The ground hit me in the face. My arm got stuck and my face hit the ground,” Farmer said.
Initially, the Orioles left the field of play as if they had turned a late-inning double play, but Senzel and Farmer remained near first base, bewildered.
The referees briefly met and Reds manager David Bell joined them. Next, the referees headed to the Baltimore dugout to meet with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
“You think you know the game,” Bell said. “Then some things happen and they happen very quickly. Clearly Farmer thought he had caught the ball, which is very understandable. He steps back, Nick saw he didn’t catch it, He is running.
“…To still have a runner there at the end of it all, we were happy with that. I thought the referees did a good job. I came out to ask if they called it a hold. They really did a good job of sorting everything out and explaining it. They were definitely on top.”
Senzel was called and did not receive a hit because Farmer did not advance another base. Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini was credited with an unassisted out based on the rule, which states, “When a runner is called for passing another runner, the official scorer shall credit the out to the fielder the closer to the passing point.”
Senzel said: “I wasn’t too thrilled, but you know, I had some time to think about it. No bad intentions. We try to win, we try to play, and things like that happen. It’s just weird how it happened.
Referee crew chief Larry Vanover explained the postgame streak to a poolside reporter.
“We’ve got a ball hit off the wall in the defender’s glove,” Vanover said. “You have a hit on the play. The runner who was first, he runs to third, he thinks the ball is caught. He comes back first. They throw the ball. Now the batter runner, who hit the ball, touches first and he passes the runner who is first, so he becomes out for passing, so there is an out on the play. The guy who was on base returns first and he is safe. That’s two outs in the inning so we keep playing.
“The runner in the first didn’t see it. It was a confusing game. I’ve never been involved in a game like this. It was the first.”
Jake Fraley, the Reds’ next player, homered two runs to extend the lead to 7-2.
For all its glory, baseball and confusion seem destined to be together.
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