On Wednesday the Colorado Rockies made a mistake that most Little League teams wouldn't even make.
Starting in elementary school, baseball players learn about the importance of shifting the infield so bases are covered while one infielder makes a play on the ball.
But Colorado’s brainfart on Wednesday was inexcusable at the pro level.
During a critical fifth inning with their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers still scoreless, third baseman Nolan Arenado fielded a bunt down the line. But unfortunately, he didn’t know whom to throw the ball to, with D.J. LeMahieu and Daniel Descalso both covering the base.
Arenado ended up throwing it to the wrong guy and everyone was safe.
“We both covered the bag. I knew I had time to get back there,” Descalso said afterward, via FOX Sports. “We're both saying 'I got it, I got it' and neither of us gave way to the other. I probably should have just let him have it, but I knew I had time get back there. Just a miscommunication.”
In any sort of miscommunication on the field, there’s a certain order in which players are supposed to call each other off. In that situation, the second baseman can call off the first baseman at any time. LeMahieu should have stepped to the side and let Descalso catch it on the bag.
Either way, no two infielders should ever be that close together mid-play.
But things could have gone a lot worse, as the Rockies were able to get out of the jam and eventually win 1-0.