It doesn’t get much more O’s than this.
The American League’s worst team put on a clinic in defensive incompetence Thursday in a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Trailing 9-7 in the seventh inning, Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier took the mound with the bases loaded and one out.
He induced a ground ball from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis that bounced directly to Orioles second baseman Hanser Alberto, a perfect situation for an inning-ending double play.
Routine ground ball?
Job well done, right?
Not so much.
Cue the Benny Hill music
Rather than throw for the force out at second base, Alberto opted to tag Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor — a reasonable decision that could have ensured the out at first if executed properly.
It wasn’t executed properly. Alberto befuddlingly bailed on tagging Lindor, opting instead to throw the ball to first baseman Chris Davis before securing the out.
Kipnis’ hustle paid off as he beat the throw to arrive safely at first. Davis then gave chase to Lindor despite the fact that he was still in a force situation at second base.
By the time Davis realized that Cleveland’s Leonys Martin was making a run toward home plate, it was too late. No matter. Davis bailed on getting Lindor out, opting for a futile throw home that arrived after Martin did.
Two runs, zero outs
Keep in mind, Martin started the play on second base — he was the second Cleveland player to score on the play after Jordan Luplow put the 10th Cleveland run of the night on board while the nonsense at first base was taking place.
Meanwhile, Lindor arrived safely at second. To sum things up — that’s two runs and zero outs on the play that could have potentially gotten the Orioles out of a bases-loaded jam.
At worst for Baltimore, it should have resulted in one out and one run.
So how’d they score that?
With all of the incompetence on display, there was no error put in the scorebook.
Scorers logged it as a fielder’s choice that allowed two runners to score and got nobody out.
It’s not every day you see that in a Major League Baseball game.
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