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Aaron Nola used a Rube Goldberg device to strike out Josh Harrison on this bizarre play

While ballplayers routinely head out to the ballpark hours before gametime, Aaron Nola must have arrived at PNC Park under the cover of darkness to get everything in place for his complex Rube Goldberg machine. How else can you explain what happened when he struck out Josh Harrison? Coincidence? Luck? Bah. 

When Harrison whiffed at strike three in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Pirates' 7-4 win over the Phillies on Saturday afternoon, the device was set in motion. Harrison missed, thought he fouled the ball off and then took off for first. All the while, the ball then bounced off the backstop (which surely then made a marble slide down a ramp and push a toy car into a spoon, which flicked on a lighter, which then warmed up a balloon that then floated into the clubhouse and said, "It's time to make the popcorn") that then popped up and into Carlos Ruiz's glove.

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That's Mouse Trap meets those weird videos of dominoes all falling over meets a contraption from "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." Even stranger, it worked. That almost never happens -- especially in Mouse Trap.