Nori Aoki swings wildly at pitch that nearly hits him, belly flops on dirt

Angela Sun
Yahoo Sports Minute

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.

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