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Pirates Turn 1-3-4-2-5-8-7 Double Play Against Phillies

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In baseball, most double plays are considered “routine”. For example, there’s ones that are scored 6-4-3, meaning shortstop, to second base, to first. Or 9-2, which is when the right fielder makes a catch, and throws out a runner at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly.

Two or three numbers are typical of double plays of the “routine” variety.

However, not many twin-killings are scored with seven numbers; but that’s what went down on Friday night between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, with the latter being the victim.

1-3-4-2-5-8-7. Pitcher, to first baseman, to second baseman, to catcher, to third baseman, to center fielder, to left fielder.

Take a look at how it all transpired:

The wildness occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Phillies up 2-1 (they won by that score). As you can see, Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins got caught leading too far off first base. Pirates reliever George Kontos threw to first, Hoskins was in a rundown, but center fielder Odubel Herrera was caught too far off third base, so the Pirates elected for that out. Hoskins was still on the basepaths after that, but seemed to be jogging into third base as if he thought the inning was over, like the announcer says.

Pretty bizarre. Like I said, it didn’t end up costing the Phillies since they won, recording the game-winning run that same inning. Still, talk about running your way out of the inning.

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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