The San Francisco Giants made an unthinkable mistake last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The mistake cost the team a run, however they would still win the game 4-2.
Even odder than the mistake of batting out of order was that it happened in the very first inning.
Starting ordinary enough, the bottom of the first inning began with Gregor Blanco smacknig ground rule double from the leadoff position. Marco Scutaro bunted to move Blanco to third in the next at bat.
Things took a strange turn in the next at bat. According to the lineup card that Giants Manager Bruce Bochy submitted to the umpires before the start of the game, Pablo Sandoval should have been up next. However the team instead sent out Buster Posey. Posey proceeded to hit a double to drive in Blanco from third.
A protest from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly ensued, and the run was taken off the board. Sandoval was then ruled out, and Posey went back to the batters box to take his normal spot in the order.
At blame for the San Francisco Giants batting out of order apparently was the team’s new electronic scoreboard they recently installed in the stadium. Whoever was in charge of the new lineup board made an error and showed Posey batting third. As a result of that he was incorrectly sent to bat.
You can watch San Francisco make its giant batting order mistake below.
Bochy described the events that resulted in his team not following the basic batting order rule a “perfect storm.” He took full blame for the events, saying that “the buck stops here.” He also added that “You feel horrible. There’s not a worse feeling. At that point, you’re going, `Geez, what’s going on?’ We’ve had a lot of things happen, and now that. That was a huge game for us. I would’ve felt horrible if that would’ve played a part in us not winning.”
Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who received his first All-Star selection this year, bailed out his manager with a strong showing. He struck out 9 batters in 7 strong innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs.
Bumgarner made up for the two runs he allowed by driving in two runs of his own, pushing his RBI total to four on the season.
So the San Francisco Giants can’t keep their own batting order straight, they still know how to win games and are just 5.5 games out of first place heading into the All-Star break.
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