Rays snap pitchers' duel on ... infield popup?

April 20th, 2021

How do you break up a shutout? Score from first base on an infield popup to ... first base. Naturally.

took nothing for granted on the basepaths in Tampa Bay's 4-1 win over the Royals in Kansas City on Monday and helped the Rays get on the board in a very weird way.

With two outs in the top of the fifth and Wendle on first base, Willy Adames skied what looked like a routine popup that should have ended the inning and kept the game scoreless. Instead, Royals first baseman Carlos Santana whiffed on the catch. Making matters worse, he airmailed a throw to second trying to nab Adames.

By the time the Royals retrieved the errant throw, Wendle was halfway down the third-base line, cruising in to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier then singled to score Adames.

Let that be a lesson, kids: A little hustle can go a long way.