A Matt Kemp RBI single led to an unusually chaotic scene on the basepaths
It's unreasonably warm in Southern California this weekend -- Friday's series opener between the Dodgers and Angels in Anaheim had an on-field temperature of 108 degrees at first pitch. It was so hot,
It's impossible to know for sure if a particularly zany sequence on the bases had anything to do with the heat, which was feels-like-you're-walking-straight-into-the-sun level, but it had to play some role. It's hard to walk around, let alone play baseball for a few hours.
The following was the scene after
This is the weirdest of baseball. 😂 pic.twitter.com/ssg0P3DZMH— MLB (@MLB) July 7, 2018
And now, in sped-up form for maximum appreciation:
This was originally scored 7-5-4-1-5, which is also the zip code for Ben Franklin, Texas -- but was then shortened by the official scorer to 7-5-4, with Bellinger ruled out for running out of the basepaths.
That makes it seem a lot cleaner and less ... eventful than it was, because man, that was a scene.
Also a scene? The way the game ended, with the Angels walking off 3-2 winners over the Dodgers: