Pirates Run into Double Play on the Bases After Drawing a Walk

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2014

via MLB.com

No matter how many times you go to a baseball game, there's a chance you will see something that you have never seen before.

For example, you may see a base on balls get turned into a double play one day. 

In the sixth inning of Wednesday's Pittsburgh Pirates-San Francisco Giants game, we found out that it is indeed possible to record two outs even if the batter walks. Unfortunately for the Pirates, it came during a time in which they held a slim 5-4 lead.

With Travis Snider on second base and Gaby Sanchez on third, the Pirates' Chris Stewart drew a walk against the Giants' Jean Machi. That should've loaded the bases with one out and given Pittsburgh a chance to extend its lead. Things didn't go as planned.

The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review's Rob Biertempfel summed up the play best:

Snider's baserunning blunder put Sanchez in a tough spot, but the lead runner did not have to go anywhere on the play. The Pirates could've had runners on the corners with two outs, but instead, the mistakes piled up.

It's not every day that you see a walk turn into a double play. 

[MLB.com]

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