The New York Mets were shutout by the Chicago Cubs for the second straight night, thanks large in part to this miserable play in the eighth inning.
With no outs and runners on second and third, coach Terry Collins called for Darrell Ceciliani to execute a squeeze. Things went poorly.
— Mets fans Can’t Spel (@MetsKevin11) July 2, 2015
After Ceciliani missed his attempt, Ruben Tejada was hung up between third in the plate. Murphy rightly advanced to third as the Cubs ran Tejada back. Then, inexplicably, Tejada continued to run down the left-field line.
Tags were applied to both runners and confusion reigned because, hey, this may be the first time this play has ever happened. After conferring, the umpires ruled Tejada out and Murphy safe. Under the rules, both players should have been out.
The Mets would strand Murphy and eventually lose, so the missed call didn’t affect the game’s outcome.
But we’ll always have the memory of baserunning gone wild.