Luis Torrens thought the second out was the third, and much amusement ensued
Luis Torrens was inches from the top step of the home dugout at Petco Park. Phil Maton had just whiffed Travis d'Arnaud on a filthy 1-2 slider in the eighth, and Torrens, the Padres catcher, hopped from his crouch and trotted toward the dugout stairs.
As he crossed the warning track, he caught sight of manager Andy Green, stationed on that top step. Green looked back and held up two fingers.
As in: Two outs.
d'Arnaud, thinking Torrens was chasing after the ball, began to sprint to first, before realizing the situation. And no one was more bewildered than Maton.
"I always spin off after strikeouts for the most part," Maton said. "And I never heard the ball go around. I was super confused. I looked at [Cory Spangenberg], he didn't have the ball. I scanned the infield. And I asked myself, 'What is going on.'"
When your catcher ditches you after the second out... pic.twitter.com/OjwA1w1Cxv- AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) July 28, 2017
To Torrens' credit, he turned, threw the ball around the horn, and settled back into his spot behind the dish. Maton would strike out Matt Reynolds, ending the inning.
The Padres' dugout certainly had a good time.
I don't think I've ever seen a baseball player quite this happy until Luis Torrens tried to skip an out. pic.twitter.com/Fzo02qw5En- Michael Clair (@michaelsclair) July 28, 2017
Hey, maybe skipping an out was Torrens' way of getting back at the baseball gods, who denied him his first big league home run by inches on Wednesday.
The Padres would win the game, 7-5, and Torrens took home a valuable lesson.
"He stayed composed and went out and closed out a baseball game and laughed at himself," said Green. "You better be able to laugh yourself. You're in front of 26,000 people, you're on national TV all the time, you're going to do some stupid things in life -- you better be able to laugh at yourself, and he came off the field laughing."