Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes loses home run after missing first goal
The Pirates don’t seem to like hitting first base.
Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes threw a ball down the right field line that broke the wall for a home run in Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. Or, rather, what should have been a home run.
During the video review, it was found that Hayes missed the first basic bag as he got around the basics. As a result, he was called.
Hayes was sprinting into the first half of the stroke, clearly unsure whether the ball had in fact crossed the wall for a home run after bouncing off the right field of the seats. Video shows that as he rounded first he was looking at the right field line and his left foot was just off the base.
The home run would have seen Pittsburgh lead 1-0 in the first inning and give Hayes his second home run in five games.
Hayes’ missed bag is the latest mistake for a team of Pirates who struggled in the 2021 season. Earlier in the year, they were the subject of another viral mistake as First baseman Will Craig tried to chase Cubs shortstop Javier Baez on what should have been a failure, but it ultimately allowed a point to score and Baez to reach second place. If Craig had simply stepped back and touched first base instead of chasing after Baez, who had turned and rushed to the batter’s surface, the Pirates would have escaped the inning with just one run.
But the Pirates aren’t the only team to lose a home run on a basic blunder. On the opening day, Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger cleared the left field wall for a home run; however, third baseman Justin Turner, who had just passed second base and started to fall back to first base, thought the ball was an out and had not gone through the fence. Bellinger passed his confused teammate on basic paths resulting in a putout for Bellinger, but Turner scored as the ball broke through the wall resulting in a confusing RBI simple.
Rounding off the bases is supposed to be the easiest part of the home run. But clearly, sometimes it’s still not that easy.