A bird made a lucky escape with its life last night during the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks game after darting across the field in front of pitcher Chase Anderson.
The starting pitcher wound up and got to the point of no return as the bird made its move across the feet of Padres hitter Seth Smith. The batter spotted the small bird in the nick of time and pulled out of his swing and the pitch was retaken.
The bird was taken to safety off the Chase Field and play resumed at the top of the third with the Padres trailing 10-0 after a lightening start from the D-backs.
Arizona piled on eight runs in the first innings to put the game beyond their opponents before it had even started. Anderson made Diamondbacks history after winning his first three MLB starts and gained the 3-0 record in the 12-6 win.
After Anderson threw a scoreless top of the first his offensive teammates came in and scored eight from 12 hitters in an innings which lasted over 30 minutes.
The D-backs’ offence has been dodgy at times this season but they backed their pitcher to secure their 22nd win of the season and improved their record to 22-33.
The bird provided a slice of light relief for the Padres, whose bench seemed to enjoy the event despite the terrible score line. San Diego eventually made their mark on the scoreboard in the fourth innings but never looked like seriously troubling Anderson, who is looking like the D-backs hottest prospect this season.
D-backs pitchers have a history with birds. 13 years ago on March 25 Randy Johnson was enjoying one of his best ever season in the MLB. But a fastball collided mid-air with a clueless bird who was killed on impact.
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