Minor Leaguer Hits Walk-Off Single, Loses Game
In one of the most bizarre endings to baseball game ever, Lansing Lugnuts (a Blue Jays Single-A affiliate) outfielder Chris Hawkins hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, but the Lugnuts lost.
It’s hard to tell exactly what goes on in the video below, but the runner on first base, Santiago Nessy, decides to join the celebratory mob instead of running to second. The Great Lake Loons’ centerfielder guns the ball to the second baseman, their manager confers with the umpires, and that runner is called out. The run is negated and the score goes back to 4-4.
Have a look:
The Lugnuts went on to lose the game 5-4 in the tenth. Such is baseball.
This brings to mind Fred Merkle. Merkle, nicknamed “Bonehead,” was part of a famous play that’s known as “Merkle’s Boner.” Back in 1908, Merkle was a rookie playing on the New York Giants.
They were playing the Cubs for the NL pennant, and Merkle was on first base after he singled in the ninth. Moose McCormick was on third. Shortstop Al Bridwell hit what should have a game-winning single, but Merkle didn’t run to second. The game ended in a tie, and the Cubs won the makeup game to take the pennant.
And so I hereby declare this play to forever be known as “Nessy’s Boner.”