Due to baseball being a cruel game, the Blue Jays and Orioles are being forced to play out meaningless games in September even though any hope that either team would even sniff a playoff spot died many weeks (or months) ago. While the games might not matter in the grand scheme of the season, at least it gives both clubs a chance to trot out their best minor league prospects and get a glimpse of the future.
The Blue Jays have been using the likes of Danny Jansen, Rowdy Tellez, and Sean Reid-Foley, while the Orioles are giving playing time to youngsters like Cedric Mullins, Steve Wilkerson, and D.J. Stewart. In fact, the 24-year-old Stewart collected his first big league hit on Tuesday night against the Jays. And it was a memorable one.
The 25th overall draft pick from 2015 slapped a single through the right side of the infield in the fourth inning. Teammate Chris Davis, who was already on first base, hustled around second trying to go first-to-third on the play (Davis isn’t exactly known for his speed). Toronto outfielder Billy McKinney heaved a wild throw towards third from right field, but it was cut off by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. — well, kind of. Gurriel had the ball deflect off his glove, and it rolled into shallow left field.
The pitcher, Aaron Sanchez, was backing up third base and retrieved it, firing home as Davis attempted to sneak in a run on the errant throw. An accurate throw probably nailed Davis at home, but Sanchez threw it low and wide. The ball bounced into the Orioles dugout, allowing both Davis to be safe and for Stewart, who had been meandering around the bases during the entire debacle, to advance home due to the ball being out of play.
Cue the Benny Hill music and check it out:
September baseball, everyone!
The Orioles eventually lost 6-4, but no one cares.