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Rickie Weeks forgets number of outs, passes up chance for inning-ending double play (VIDEO)

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Lest we believe that forgetting the number of outs in an inning is the sole territory of daydreaming outfielders who toss the ball into the stands, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks proved during Monday's 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants that infielders can brain cramp too.

Watch what happens when Weeks lines up at double play depth, only to decide that a force out at second is enough after shortstop Cesar Izturis relays a Brandon Crawford grounder his way:

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It appears as though Weeks didn't speak with any reporters after the game, so we can't really be sure the exact reason why he retired in the second inning early. But perhaps it doesn't really matter as the next batter, Melky Cabrera, grounded out to third.

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Of bigger concern to Brewers fans should be the season-long slump that Weeks has shown no signs of emerging from at the plate. An All-Star last season, Weeks is hitting a dismal .155/.286/.284 with just four home runs and seven RBIs. He was fitted for the golden sombrero by striking out four times in two different games last week and he also struck out three times in another contest. Weeks has shown no signs that he's capable of carrying more of the load that was vacated by Prince Fielder's defection to Detroit, let alone earning the rest of the four-year, $38.5 million contract that he signed before the 2011 season.

[Related: Atlanta Braves players razz ballboy after he flubs easy play]

This goes without saying, but Weeks will need to get his head back into the game if the fourth-place Brewers are to ever dig their way out of this 17-25 start and erase the six-game deficit that separates them from first place in the NL Central.

On the field, but even more at the plate.

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