Bad throws happen, even at the Major League Baseball level, but two wildly bad throws on one play that let three runs score? That’s something else, something out of a Little League game (and not a good one), but it’s what the Pittsburgh Pirates did against the Chicago Cubs Monday night. And Twitter user @_MarcusD2_ provided a public service by setting this highlight to “Yakety Sax,” otherwise known as the theme to The Benny Hill Show:
Fixed: Benny Hill music added. pic.twitter.com/5dFB24xuDi
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) August 29, 2017
Yep, this was slapstick all right, and hilariously so. And it’s even better considering the game situation; this came with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, and the Cubs only up 2-0 at that point. Alex Avila’s grounder was hard-hit, and second baseman Sean Rodriguez had to go a long way to get it, but he still had plenty of time to make the throw to first and end the inning even after his spin move.
That well-wild throw let a couple of runs score, though, and then catcher Chris Stewart’s attempt to gun Avila down at second went way high, letting a third run score. Both Rodriguez and Stewart were charged with errors, and justifiably so. The Cubs would wind up with a comfortable 6-1 victory, and this Benny Hill sequence was a big part of the reason why.
[_MarcusD2_ on Twitter]