Any team that prides itself on being a World Series contender should know how to run the bases.
The New York Yankees, a legit playoff contender and some would say World Series favorite, had an awful showing running the basepaths on Tuesday night.
They lost 1-0 to the Seattle Mariners in 13 innings, and you can say with confidence that they dropped the game because of their lousy baserunning.
They just had too many outs on the basepaths at crucial moments: in the seventh inning, then the 10th, the 11th, and the 12th.
Players caught stealing, players on second base failing to wait on the base for a ground ball to go through before advancing to third, runners being doubled off, untimely double plays, and overaggressiveness: last night, the Yankees had it all.
This is it. This is the highlight of this account.
The Yankees have the worst baserunning night in baseball history. pic.twitter.com/sjUJklP0fd
— Runners Getting Thrown Out (@tootblans) August 10, 2022
Baserunning Incompetence Ended The Yankees’ Hopes
It was impossible for them to win a game that close with that kind of baserunning performance.
It’s too bad, because seven scoreless innings from Gerrit Cole went to waste.
The worst play of the night came in the 12th inning.
Brash caught Jose Trevino between second and third, and he was tagged on a rundown.
The play did not end there: Kiner-Falefa tried to take second base, but the third baseman noticed this and quickly threw the ball to the keystone: IKF was caught between first and second and was eventually called out, too.
It was an ugly display: those two outs killed the Yankees’ hopes to get a run on the scoreboard at that point, and the Mariners ended up winning the game on a Luis Torrens walk-off single.