Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Game had an absolutely insane finish
Saturday's AFL game had an insane finish
Thought that just because it was the offseason that baseball couldn't surprise you with all-out insanity? Oh, how wrong you are. All you needed to do was pull up some Arizona Fall League coverage.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth on Saturday, the Surprise Saguaros were leading the Salt River Rafters, 5-1, before the fun really started. Probably so that those who chose to go out at night instead of staying in to watch baseball would rightfully miss out for not staying tuned in.
After the wonderfully named (and real) Damien Magnifico came in to pitch for the Saguaros, the comeback was on. The Rafters would go on to score four in the inning and tie up the game thanks to four hits, two walks and two wild pitches. However, one ball, which looked to be hit after it dropped in front of Royals prospect Bubba Starling, wasn't. With Rockies outfield prospect Raimel Tapia apparently thinking the ball would be caught, Starling threw to home for the very rare 9-2 forceout.
With the game now tied at 5, the teams entered extra innings, though we wouldn't have to wait long for more fun.
In the top of the 10th, Jurickson Profar hit a one-out double to the wall, just missing a home run. Of course, the Rafters also thought he had missed first base and decided to challenge the call. All Rafters pitcher Carlos Estevez (no relation to Charlie Sheen, whose real name is Carlos Estevez. We really should nickname this Estevez "Wild Thing") had to do was softly toss the ball to first baseman Rowdy Tellez. (Yes, his real name.) Instead, the ball sailed over his head and out of play, giving the Saguaros two free bases and the go-ahead run, with pinch-runner Dustin Fowler coming in to score the go ahead run. Whoops.
Not quite finished, the Rafters had one more piece of fun to offer. With two outs, Tyler Austin popped the ball up into foul territory and Tellez came in to make the catch. Either because he overran the ball or simply wanted to acquire style points, Tellez dove backwards to make the catch, popping his bubble gum bubble along the way.
Honestly, that's like the Fonz hitting the jukebox cool.
With all of the WackyJuice apparently used up, Surprise had a relatively easy bottom of the 10th to win the game, 6-5.