Ke’Bryan Hayes homered off Walker Buehler in the first inning of Tuesday’s Los Angeles Dodgers–Pittsburgh Pirates game, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead against one of the toughest opponents in the league.
Only he didn’t.
See, when Hayes made contact, the home run wasn’t quite a no-doubter, so he was sprinting to first while watching the flight of the ball. That might have contributed to Hayes missing first base — which the Dodgers noticed. L.A. won its appeal, and instead of a 1-0 lead, the Pirates were left with an scoreless tie and an out.
Something you don’t see every day!
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) June 8, 2021
After that whole Javier Baez fiasco, it has been a bit of an embarrassing stretch for Pirates baseball. Good news for the future, though: Hayes is a top prospect who is absolutely raking between this season and last year’s .376/.442/.682 slashline in 24 games, so this is likely just a blip in what promises to be a great career.