Jun 9, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla (12) runs back to first base after he singled during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Attention Little Leaguers. Know How Many Outs There Are Before You Run.


Even to the trained reporting eye, every once in a while the most important fact in a game escapes you. That happened to me last night. To be fair, I was at a great party and there’s only so much phone gawking one can do without drawing stares from partygoers and, specifically, your spouse. Yeah, I was covering the game…well, sort of. And that is the point of this piece.

I’d reported that Andrew Bailey once again got himself into a jam in the ninth inning by giving up a two-run homer to Matt Wieter’s to allow the Orioles to pull to within one run of Boston. While factually correct, I missed the most important and dramatic part of the ninth inning that actually allowed Boston to win the game.

Following Wieter’s homer, J.J. Hardy singled with one out to put the game tying run on first base. Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the right move by substituting the speedy Alexi Casilla for Hardy. Baltimore’s next hitter, Ryan Flaherty, flew out to right fielder Shane Victorino and Casilla was doubled off first rounding the bag and turning for third on the Flaherty out thinking that there were two outs.

Oops. Game over. Sox win. Egg on face. Must face media. Pain, pain, pain.

Tags: Alexi Casilla Boston Red Sox

  • joeblow

    Looked like a hit at first glance. Pedroia was quoted as saying ““Off the bat, I thought it looked more down the line, at least from my
    angle at second,” Pedroia said. “I’m sure he thought the same thing.”

    So you’re a partying blogger who can’t be bothered with checking any facts. Thanks for wasting my time.

    • stephenepeterson

      We’re all human Joe. A late cancellation in a scheduled assignment, which was the case here, was the culprit that caused me patch together the post due to my previous commitment and the rest of the staff being busy, not a desire to shirk responsibility. We’re in there slugging. Stick with us :)

      • joeblow

        Yeah, maybe I was a little harsh. But no more harsh than you were mocking Casilla. He admitted to bad base running but all indications are he knew how many outs. Series over. Sox lose 3 of 4. Pain, pain, pain.

        • stephenepeterson

          Touche´! That’s what makes rivalries great. Now Baltimore has a team that’s up to the task and loves kicking our butt. It’s why we watch.

  • Rick M

    He screwed up. I’ve followed baseball since 1952 and can list many instances when game savvy players with a world of talent screwed up. Total bonehead plays. I love it when someone gets nabbed with the hidden ball trick.