Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has eight stolen bases this season so, while he's not a huge threat with his legs, he's enough of one that he deserves attention from pitchers.
Still, even with that in mind, his adventures on the base paths during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies were a bit ridiculous.
But perhaps the most ridiculous moment of Rizzo's came shortly after he reached base against Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta.
As you can see in the video below, Pivetta attempts a pickoff move, spinning and firing a strike to first base to try to catch Rizzo off-guard. The only problem? Rizzo was still standing on first base and didn't even move a muscle as the ball came to first baseman Tommy Joseph, making the entire attempt look silly:
Later in the at-bat, Pivetta appeared to actually pick off Rizzo, but that was overturned upon review. Shortly thereafter, though, Rizzo was put out in an incredible triple play started by Philadelphia left fielder Rhys Hoskins.
Ultimately, though, Pivetta got the last laugh, as he picked up the victory in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Cubs, one of the hottest teams in the National League at the moment. Pivetta told MLB.com after the win that he was happy he was able to bounce back after a rough start:
"I feel like I really needed to step up here and I really needed to throw some shutout innings, especially after that three-run first," Pivetta said.
His manager, Pete Mackanin, said he enjoyed watching Pivetta dig himself out of the first-inning hole and turn in a solid start:
"He kept battling," Mackanin said. "He didn't feel sorry for himself, he goes out there and he competes. … He missed location quite a bit, the error to start the game didn't help, that got us off on the wrong track. Nevertheless, he came around and once again gave us five innings, which we sorely needed with our bullpen."
After being part of the triple play to end the fifth inning, Rizzo said he misread the ball and thought he was going to score an easy run:
"I guess I read it wrong. I thought it was down, for sure," Rizzo told MLB.com. "I just put my head down looking to score."
Even with the loss, the Cubs are still in control of the National League Central at 69-60, two games ahead of the second-place Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies, meanwhile, improved to 48-81, but still have the worst record in baseball.
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