Usually, when a team has the bases loaded and nobody out and a fly ball is hit to the outfield, good things are going to happen.
Even if the outfielder makes the catch, the runner at third base will likely tag up and score. However, the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies are not a normal team, and excel at turning lemonade into lemons.
The Phillies had the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Nick Williams hit the ball to center field. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto made the catch and Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis tagged up, but didn't try for home.
However, as you can see in the video below, Odubel Herrera, who was on second base, watched as Conforto's throw sailed off target and decided to try to go to third base. Unfortunately for the Phillies, Galvis was still at third, so the Mets tagged Herrera out to turn a bases-loaded, no outs situation into a ridiculous double play:
Galvis later scored on a wild pitch, but Herrera's base-running blunder probably cost his team a run in a game when they needed it, as they went on to lose 6-2.
After the game, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told MLB.com that, while Herrera has had several mental lapses this season, he's been playing better in recent weeks and the Phillies still need him out there on a daily basis:
"I prefer to say that he's more positive than negative," Mackanin said. "And if you look back on the last six, seven weeks, he has not made many mistakes. Today was an innocent mistake. He just didn't keep his head up. That's the only thing he did. So I'll take him any day."
Indeed, Herrera is currently in the middle of a 16-game hitting streak, which he extended on Sunday, so he's been one of Philadelphia's best players of late.
The Phillies' biggest problem on Sunday was pitching, as starter Zach Eflin gave up a pair of home runs. Mackanin said Eflin pitched well, but just missed his spot on a pair of breaking balls:
"If you hang them you're going to get hurt," Mackanin said of the Mets' homers, both on curveballs. "If you make the pitch, nobody says a word if you keep it down where it's supposed to be. Neither curveball had enough bite to it. You hang it, they bang it."
At 43-72, the Phillies currently have the worst record in baseball and are 26.5 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East division. At this point, all they can do is try to learn from their mistakes and make sure they don't happen again next year.
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