Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich got caught in a rundown in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee while trying to make it to third base.
Normally, in most pickle situations, the defense doesn’t have much trouble getting the out. The runner goes back and forth a few times before the defense finally closes in on him. It’s a simple play.
But this time, the Cubs simply couldn’t figure it out.
After trapping Yelich between bases, Chicago pitcher Tyler Chatwood hopped in the rundown to chase Yelich back to second base. Chatwood, though, seemed to go for the tag instead of throwing it to one of three different players at second base — even though he was clearly too far away from Yelich to lay down the tag.
Then, it was simply too late and Yelich just trotted back to safety — all while Lorenzo Cain, who initially hit the ground ball, easily made it to first base.
Just take look at the debacle:
The thumbnail on the video — with Yelich standing safely at second with four Cubs players around him — really says it all.
Both Yelich and Cain were hit in on the next play, too, when Travis Shaw hit a double to right field to extend the Brewers lead to 4-0. Milwaukee held on to that four-run lead through the end of the game, too, bouncing back from Monday’s 7-2 loss to the Cubs.
If only the Cubs had handled the pickle better and grabbed the sure out.
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