Throughout a 162-game season, MLB players are going to make mental mistakes. Fans may not like it, but it happens. Adam Jones happened to be the latest player to have a lapse in concentration.
During Sunday's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A's, Jones lost track of the number of outs in the bottom of the third inning. With Yoenis Cespedes on third, Oakland's Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to Jones, who thought he had just recorded the third out. The only problem is that it was just the second out of the inning.
Cespedes likely would have scored on the play even if Jones had thrown the ball to the plate, but he was instead able to trot home with ease to give the A's a 3-0 lead.
Update: July 21 at 1 p.m. ET
Jones was able to poke fun at himself on Twitter after the game:
Ummm yea there's 3 outs per inning Mr. Jones. At least the man on first didn't advance. But I did feel like tripping myself. But I smiled.— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) July 21, 2014
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In fairness to Jones, he wasn't the only player who started to jog off the field. Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph also started to make his way to the Baltimore dugout. Even Cespedes got a little confused, slowing down for a second.