Binghamton reliever Cory Burns lost his footing while attempting to deliver a 1-2 pitch. As he came off the mound, Burns just spiked the ball into the ground about 10 feet in front of the hill. As the ball was rolling and Ponies catcher Colton Plaia went to retrieve the ball up the first base line, Fuentes decided to take a slow practice swing. Because it was still a live ball and he was in the box, he was called out.
Binghamton, the Double-A affiliate of the Mets, went on to a 5-4 victory and, after Saturday’s 1-0 win, will go for a three-game sweep on Sunday.
Things aren’t going the way they were supposed to go for the Cubs.
After winning their first World Series in 108 years last fall, the Cubs returned the core of their team and were among the favorites to win the World Series this year. Talk of a dynasty even permeated the Windy City.
But after getting swept by the Dodgers this weekend, the Cubs are just 25-24 and a game and a half back of the Brewers in the National League Central. To put Chicago’s 25 wins into perspective, the Cubs got to 25 wins last year in just 31 games.
Please, let them freak out, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, via ESPN.com, when asked Sunday about panicking Cubs fans. If you want to freak out, freak out.