Cardinals showed a Genius Baserunning game to add a run
MLB teams often have to resort to unorthodox plays to score a point.
It’s not always as simple as swinging the bat and getting a home run, after all!
The St. Louis Cardinals showed us that the magic of baserunning exists and is with us in Tuesday’s game.
With the bases loaded and two outs on the scoreboard, Cards Slugger Paul Goldschmidt hitting a slow ground at shortstop.
The Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop (poor Pirates always show up on these types of plays!) lined up the ball and threw it to the second baseman in hopes of getting the strength to end the inning .
But the baserunner ran through the base instead of sliding, causing a strange turn of events in which the Pirates finally got a home plate.
But before this withdrawal ended the inning, a run was scored: by crossing the base, the Cards player increased his chances of avoiding the forced withdrawal and scoring a run.
Slipping on a base often causes the runner to lose speed: in this case, since he ran over the base at maximum speed, he could be called safe and guarantee that a run scores.
Cardinals play chess
It was a savvy basic racing game from one of the savviest organizations out there.
In this case, the scenario was perfect to attempt this game: with no outs, there was nothing to lose and a lot to gain by trying to break through the base at full speed.
Here’s the full game, as the league put it, the Cards are “here playing chess.”
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Had he been sent off, the point would not have counted, but as it was ruled safe at second, the game was extended and a point went up on the scoreboard.