Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is arguably the best player on the team, but even he makes mistakes once in a while. In the fourth inning of Monday night's 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Longoria got caught up in an unexplainable baserunning mistake.
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With no outs and two runners on in the inning, Matt Joyce(notes) flew out to deep center field. During the play, Longoria somehow rounded second — he had been on first — and passed teammate Ben Zobrist(notes), who had been on second base. Longoria was immediately called out.
Was Longoria not paying attention to the runner ahead of him, or did he forget how many outs there were?
According to the St. Petersburg Times:
"The ball Joyce hit, I was convinced it was going to get down," Longoria said. "And in my mind, I was trying to give myself the best chance to score. It didn't work out that way. Obviously we all know what happened. Just not the right decision to make there."
Said [Reds starting pitcher Mike] Leake: "It was just a brain fart. He doesn't make too many mistakes. That was a little gift to me."And Mike Leake knows a thing or two about brain farts. Macy's will vouch for this.
Whoops: An atypical running mistake for Evan Longoria [Big League Stew]