The swinging bunt is the luckiest hit in baseball.
But the Blue Jays‘ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got doubly lucky with the bases loaded on Monday, thanks to Twins catcher Mitch Garver.
There’s a few ways Garver could have gone with this play. He chose the absolute worst option.
I get it, catchers are conditioned to hope a swinging bunt rolls foul, because unless that batter’s Mo Vaughn, you’re not catching him at first. So let’s ignore for a second that Garver’s initial brain fart cost starter Lance Lynn an inning-ending double play.
Much, much less defensibly, Garver then picked the freaking thing up without waiting for it to roll out of play.
Mitch Garver got caught in no man’s land there. Waited to see if the ball would go foul. It stayed fair. Twins trail 1-0, bases loaded, 1 out, T2.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesMLB) May 1, 2018
Instead of seeing his catcher tag the runner in front of him then get the force out at third, and instead of drawing even just a swinging strike, Lynn was saddled with a most unfortunate earned run. He surrendered another run in the frame, two of six earned through five innings.
On top of Garver’s screwup, the whiney Twins made two errors en route to a 7-5 defeat.
They’ve lost 10 of their last 11.
“There were some positives,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor lied to himself.