As a baserunner, there is little worse than knowing you’re being hung out to dry on a pitchout when you’re attempting to steal a base. You know what’s going down almost instantly and by then it’s already too late to stop your momentum.
That’s the feeling a member of the Texas Rangers experienced on Monday night as either via a straight steal or a hit and run, he was caught in a pitchout scenario snuffed out by the Oakland A’s.
At bat was Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and completely aware of what was going down, he did everything he legally could to save the runner. The veteran shortstop, eyes widening, lunged out over the batter box in effort to make even the smallest fraction of contact with the pitch in hopes of fouling it off.
Unfortunately for Andrus, the the pitch was just outside of his bat range, but solid effort in attempt to save your teammate.
Side note – good thing the pitch sailed a bit as it’s very possible Andrus could have got his bat on the ball if it was thrown to where the catcher was anticipating the pitchout.