July 06, 2017
In the third inning of Thursday night's game between the Phillies and Pirates, Andrew Knapp scored on a throwing error – a failed pickoff attempt by the catcher, to be more specific – and put his team up 1-0.
Runners score on throwing errors all the time, but this was hardly a normal play. It left pretty much everyone who watched it live scrambling for a replay to try to make sense of what they just saw.
LA -"What?? What just happened?"— Franzke & LA (@FranzkeLA) July 6, 2017
For starters, Knapp scored all the way from first base on the pickoff attempt by catcher Elias Diaz. And he got an assist from – get ready for it – Andres Blanco's flying bat. As the bat slipped from Blanco's hands and flew towards the crowd behind the Phillies dugout at Citizens Bank Park, it distracted first baseman Josh Bell, who never saw Diaz's throw coming.
Take a look:
You don't see that every day – and if you're Josh Bell, you didn't see it the first time either – so take another look:
ok. so. Blanco's bat goes into the stands. pick off throw to first heads down the line like a screaming double. Knapp scores from first. pic.twitter.com/H3v85LH37k— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) July 6, 2017
HA! THE BAT WENT FURTHER THAN THE BALL!! pic.twitter.com/zMOvJomL4f— PHILLIES TBOH (@FS_TBOH) July 6, 2017
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