New York Yankees tied themselves in knots during a crazy double play which saw both Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner tagged out against Boston Red Sox last night.
Jeter and Gardner, starting from second and first base respectively, were attempting a double steal in the first inning with Carlos Beltran at the plate.
The Yankees captain safely got round to third but Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez tossed to second base which caught Gardner in no-man’s land.
Then panic ensued
The Red Sox sprung a unique 2-6-3-4-5-3 double play – each number represents where the baseball was thrown to different positions – beginning with catcher Vazquez (2) and ending with first baseman Allen Craig (3) tagging Gardner out at second base.
With Gardner stuck between first and second while being run down, Jeter attempted to act as a distraction by edging towards the home plate.
The Red Sox’s second baseman Jemile Weeks used some excellent quick thinking to zip the ball to third and catch Jeter out while he was retreating.
Third baseman Brock Holt then snapped the baseball back to second base where Craig was covering to tag Gardner out.
The result of the manic few seconds saw the pair out and the Yankees first innings over with Beltran dumbstruck at the plate, unable to join the madness.
Fortunately for the Yankees, the wild first innings failure didn't have an effect on the result as they went on to defeat the Red Sox 5-1 at Yankee Stadium.
Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was able to keep his head with a game-winning performance while Jeter and Gardner recovered theirs.
The 39-year-old tossed a scoreless opening five innings which enabled the Yankees batters to ease into the game, despite their mental start.
Kuroda finished with pitching seven innings for just one run, striking out eight batters in the process.
As Kuroda tied up the Red Sox offence, the Yankees shook off their crazy opening inning and got the runs on the board thanks to Brain McCann’s three RBIs, including a homer for the second consecutive game.
The result snapped the Yankees's (71-66) three-game losing streak, maintaining their second place in the American League East division, 9.5 games behind leaders Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees are four games off a wildcard slot in the American Leagues which are currently possessed by Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers.
The 2013 World Series champions are suffering a miserable 2014, sitting bottom of the AL East with a 61-78 season record and no realistic hope of making the post-season.