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The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter Couldn’t Score from Third on a Single to Center Field (lulz)

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Here’s my usual Cardinals-did-something stupid disclaimer: We, here at Baseball is Fun, love to provide fair, un-biased coverage of everything that happens in Major League Baseball … except when it happens to the Cardinals. Then we like to have a good laugh.


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In case you missed the madness from last night’s Cardinals’ game, the Red Sox walked it off in the bottom of the ninth inning, because Cardinals’ hero – and fan-anointed Greatest Catcher in the History of the Universe – Yadier Molina was unable to hold onto the ball on a game-winning/ending play at the plate:

Head –> buried.

But maybe none of that would’ve ever happened if it weren’t for this ridiculous play at the plate earlier in the game.

Let me take you there: In the top of the second inning, Matt Carpenter led off from third base with just one out and a 4-0 Cardinals lead. At that point, Tommy Pham hit a line-drive single to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Matt Carpenter easily trotted in to score from third base …


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Except no, he didn’t. Bradley threw him out. From center. On a single. With Carpenter at THIRD FREAKIN’ BASE.

Take a look for yourself:

Now, if you might be thinking well, Michael, he had to hold up to make sure it dropped, and, sure, okay, I get that. But being a runner in “scoring position” means you usually score from second base on a single to the outfield, let alone an additional 90 feet head-start from third.

Of course, that play is equal parts embarrassing for Carpenter and down-right impressive from JBJ. Indeed, Statcast clocked that 254 foot throw (on a fly, mind you) at 95.8 MPH(!). So it took something pretty special to get him, but that makes it all the more fun.


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And in a game the Cardinals wound up losing by a run, well … Like I said, I’m having a good laugh.


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.