Bizarre play confused everyone in Reds, Orioles game

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.

A line hard hit by the bat from Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo (3) flies over the head of Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) for a triple in the seventh inning of the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, July 29, 2022. The Orioles scored four runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 6-2 victory over the Reds.

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.

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