Baserunning Disasters

Jerry Hairston Jr runs away from Freddy Sanchez. © Matt Cohen 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Rundowns aren't exactly rare in Major League Baseball. Missed hit-and-run
signals, line drive outs, and bad baserunning decisions, and
strong-armed outfielders can all lead to runners getting caught in no man's land
between the bags. What is rare however is three rundowns in the same game,
with an offensive interference call thrown in for good measure.

Pablo Sandoval tags Jerry Hairston Jr jut off of third base.
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Jerry Hairston Jr once again realizes that he's toast as Freddy Sanchez starts
chasing him down.
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Sanchez lobs the ball over Hairston to a waiting Aubrey Huff.
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Huff wraps up Hairston after collecting the throw from Sanchez.
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Who wins in a race between two of the slowest players on the field? Pablo
Sandoval chases Adrian Gonzalez towards home plate. © Matt Cohen 2010 - All Rights Reserved

Panda makes a diving tag on Gonzalez to save a run.
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In the game's most controversial play, Padres OF Scott Hairston left first
on a ground ball and was ruled to have interfered with Freddy Sanchez.
Sanchez had to make a diving throw to first. The Padres disagreed with the
interference call and played the remainder of the game under protest. The
commotion lasted long enough for me to transmit this picture, to my
knowledge the only one in existence of this play. And certainly my best
baseball acton picture of this season.
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