Baseball is a game of failure. But the failure experienced by Kansas City Royals outfielder Nori Aoki during his fifth inning at-bat against Houston Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart Wednesday afternoon was on another level.
With the Astros up 6-1, Cosart unleashed a 93 mph fastball that was headed directly at Aoki's right arm. Instead of being hit by the pitch though, Aoki took a wild swing that may have been the worst in the big leagues this season. Aoki's hack was reminiscent of something from a Looney Tunes cartoon. The 32-year-old belly-flopped after his cut and ended up facing away from Cosart. Not exactly the optimum hitting position. Even Lorde felt sorry for him. He finished the day 0-for-4 at the plate in a 9-3 K.C. loss.
[Photos: MLB players dodging wild pitches]
By George, they've got it
Moving to the NBA playoffs, the Indiana Pacers used a monster night from Paul George to beat the Miami Heat 93-90 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers star finished with 37 points, 21 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Still the champs
Finally in hockey, Michal Handzus scored the game-winner in double overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4. The defending Stanley Cup champs still trail the 2012 champs 3-2 in the series.