AJ Pierzynski Scores Run From First Base On A Groundout

By Riley Schmitt

AJ Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox may irritate a lot of baseball fans and players but you have to admit the guy is pretty smart. In fact, AJ may be the only person to ever score a run from first base on a 6-3 groundout that involved no errors whatsoever.

Adam Rosales and Cliff Pennington collided while trying to field a ground ball, which meant no one was available to cover third base.  AJ Pierzysnki used this situation to take third base.  While this was happening, the catcher ran to third to try to cover the base.  AJ saw this, noticed the pitcher wasn’t paying attention, and took off for home.  The A’s got caught with their pants down and so ended the weird play.

In situations like this, normally an error is involved or two people end up nearing killing each other in a collision.  As you can see from the video, neither of those things happened on this play.  This was a case of heads up base running and a defense that had absolutely no idea what was going on.

This play is one of the weirdest plays in baseball.  Taking third base would have been just okay for the play, but I still can not understand why the catcher was running to cover third after the fact.  Everyone seemed to be about one step to slow on the play.  Then again, if they were paying attention, this play would have never happened.

Riley Schmitt is a writer for Rant Sports.


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