- The New York Mets got off to an embarrassing start on Wednesday against the Mets, batting out of order and costing themselves a runner in scoring position.
- After Asdrubal Cabrera hit a ground-rule double, Reds manager Jim Riggleman ran out to speak with the umpire, and Cabrera was called out for batting out of order.
- The lost baserunner would prove costly for the Mets, who would go on to lose the game in extra innings 2-1.
The New York Mets didn’t get off to a great start on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.
A confusing scene took place in the first inning after Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera hit a ground-rule double to give New York its first baserunner of the game.
As Jay Bruce stepped into the batter’s box to try and get his teammate home, Reds manager Jim Riggleman ran out to speak with the umpire, comparing notes for a moment. As Riggleman turned back to his dugout, the umpire signalled to Cabrera that he was out and that the top of the first had come to an end.
It was a confusing scene on the field, but as it turns out, the Mets had committed one of the most unbelievable gaffes imaginable – batting out of order. Mets manager Mickey Callaway had apparently handed the wrong lineup over to the umpire before the game, listing Wilmer Flores hitting third and Cabrera second.
You can watch the scene play out below.
The Mets batted out of order, and a double from Asdrubal Cabrera was erased as a result. pic.twitter.com/BCzUeZeh9p
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) May 9, 2018
Anthony DiComo, the Mets beat writer for MLB.com, was clearly baffled by the scene.
The Mets batted out of order, and as a result forfeited a man in scoring position in the first inning. I've never seen that before in a professional baseball game.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 9, 2018
And the Cincinnati Reds were quick to respond with a jest on Twitter.
Can someone send this down to the third base dugout? https://t.co/htjvJss5k1
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 9, 2018
It was an embarrassing and costly error for the away team. The Mets would only get five more at bats with runners in scoring position for the entirety of the game, going o 0-5 in such opportunities, and would ultimately fall to the Reds in extra innings 2-1.
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