When the San Francisco Giants tied their game this afternoon against the New York Mets in the top-of-the-ninth inning on a pop-up by pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to shallow centerfield (a play that was promptly “Metsed” by Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis), little did the baseball world know that that play would be the second-most surprising thing to happen in the game.
With Ryan Theriot apparently unavailable, the Giants decided their best course of action when faced with a short bench, was to put Aubrey Huff (yes, the same Aubrey Huff who incompetently plays first base) at second base. Huff then inexplicably forgot to cover second on a potential inning-ending double play grounder to Manny Burriss, loading the bases. One Buster Posey throwing error later and the Mets won the game.
I’d be more dumbfounded if I wasn’t laughing so hard.
To be fair, the only other player that could have played second on the Giants roster with Theriot unavailable was Brett Pill. Unfortunately, Giants manager Bruce Bochy burned Pill after sending him to pinch hit against Tim Byrdak in the top-of-the-ninth. The Mets quickly brought in Jon Rauch and Bochy pulled Pill back in favour of Belt.
Of course, Belt would go on to tie the game, but Bochy’s lack of foresight is staggering. Knowing there was a good chance that the game could end up tied and he would have to field a defense in the bottom half of the inning, why wouldn’t Bochy stick with Pill to make sure he’d covered his bases? Literally and metaphorically. I mean, seriously, what is this, little league?
Bochy’s flat-out refusal to play Brandon Belt (admittedly, probably not his decision alone) and his decision to pinch hit with Matt Cain in the fifth inning of yesterday’s game already had me thinking he was entirely incapable of tactically managing a baseball team. Today’s events make me question his intellectual capability of walking without falling down.
GIFs provided by the loving hands and mind of Scott Lewis.