Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison Jukes Wilin Rosario, Escapes Wild Rundown

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJuly 28, 2014


He hits. He runs. He snaps ankles like Slim Jims.

Josh Harrison is developing into a one-man army, and the Pittsburgh Pirates utility player did everything but operate the scoreboard at Coors Field on Sunday.

Harrison went 4-for-6 on the night against the Colorado Rockies, hitting an RBI single, blasting a solo home run and putting on a base-stealing exposition that defied possibility.

The stolen bags came in the sixth inning after Harrison over-slid second base with Gregory Polanco at the plate. Carrying too much momentum into the slide, the 27-year-old right fielder found himself in a rundown between second and third.

Harrison switched direction six times as a never-ending rotation of Rockies infielders attempted to apply the tag. Harrison's sixth and final direction change—part of a sneaky double-move—left Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario rolling in the dirt and allowed the utility player to make it to third.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call, but a review determined Harrison hadn't been tagged.

Notice that Pirates catcher Russell Martin laughed and threw up two fingers after watching Harrison outrun the Rockies, signifying the two times he's watched his teammate pull a ridiculous vanishing act on the basepaths.

In June, Harrison ran his way out of an eerily familiar rundown against the Mets.


Did he leave the basepath? Maybe. But you need to demonstrate a little hustle if you're looking to capture Harrison.

Weiss later praised Harrison in a postgame interview, per The Associated Press (h/t Boston Herald).

"We've got to get an out there," Weiss said. "I look at a rundown as a free out. Harrison's one of the tougher guys to put away in a rundown but we've got to get an out there. It was a good play."

Harrison said he tried to do what he could with a tough situation.

"As I got off, I was like 'It's easy for me to try to make something happen as opposed to trying to reach back to second because he was right there.' And something happened," Harrison said. "More and more I go into it, I was able to kind of set up some moves to where I might be able to be safe."

Harrison has moves, and his opponents have the bruised pride and swollen ankles to prove it.


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