On Thursday, Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki lost track of the outs and started jogging off the field after catching a fly ball, not realizing that there was only two outs in the top of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels.
With runners on first and second with one out, Angels batter Howard Kendrick hit a fly ball to right field. Ichiro caught it, put his head down and started jogging towards the dugout, not realizing that there were only two outs.
Albert Pujols was the Angels runner on second base and would have made it to third base regardless as the fly ball was deep enough for him to tag up. However, with Ichiro not paying attention, Pujols started rounding third and took a few steps towards home plate. Fortunately, Ichiro picked his head up, realized his mistake and threw the ball to home plate just in time to prevent Pujols from scoring a run.
It's the second time this week that a major league baseball player lost track of the number of outs while out in the field (that we know about, anyway). Earlier this week, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks lost count and settled for a simple force play at second when he should have turned a double play. It's inexcusable considering the amount of money these guys are making. Come on, guys, snap out of it!
Video via MLB.com.