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The Astros lost in spectacular fashion last night

May 18, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

Jake Elmore, Jimmy Paredes AP

The Astros aren’t just losing a ton of ballgames, they are losing ugly.

After Edgar Gonzalez pitched himself into a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth last night against the Pirates, he induced a fairly innocent looking pop-up to shallow right field which would have sent the game into extra innings. However, while it appeared that second baseman Jake Elmore had camped under the ball for the third out of the inning, right fielder Jimmy Paredes soon came into the picture. And well, check it out for yourself (GIF courtesy of MLB Gifs).


Yeesh. You can watch video of the play here. Elmore is actually Paredes’ second victim this week, as he collided with Jose Altuve on Monday night and partially dislocated his jaw.

  1. plmathfoto - May 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Second baseman is supposed to back off on this, the guy calling from behind is in control. Now if he didn’t call it…

    • @Cereal_22 - May 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM


    • Delia E. - May 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Second baseman obviously had it. Outfielder is supposed to back him up, not collide into him. If he had let the second baseman make the play, they would have went into extras.

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      This is the 2nd time rf Jimmy Paredas (a 2b playing rf) has done this in 6 days.

      The rf has right away, unless the 2b obviously has the play.

      Both plays Paredas was out of control.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    “Jake Elmore”? Why do I think of the Blues Brothers/

    • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Edit function “?”

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Jake and Elwood listened to Elmore James tunes growing up at Triple Rock Baptist Church….

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Right on!

  3. phillyphannn83 - May 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    plmathfoto May 18, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    Second baseman is supposed to back off on this, the guy calling from behind is in control. Now if he didn’t call it…
    2nd time in a week, the benefit of the doubt does NOT go to Paredes. Elmore clearly called for it and put both his arms up signaling his teammates to back off, he has it. I’ve played with guys like Paredes before, he’s easy to figure out. Guys like him go after any fly ball they can get to and act like they’re the only one that can catch it. It doesn’t matter who’s ball it really is or who called for it, he’s going to catch it. Guy needs some baseball remediation.

  4. 4d3fect - May 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Thank God for the Astros.

    -Angels fans everywhere

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      If you look at strength of schedule, then the Astros at this point look better than tha lowly halos.

  5. chad10 - May 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Bump Bailey would be proud.

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      RIP Bump, baseball will miss you.

  6. captainwisdom8888 - May 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This would have been a head-scratching blunder on any level of baseball, but these professional players (even the Astros) are widely considered to be amongst the most talented players of their sport…ON THE PLANET. You cannot lose games in this manner on the highest level of baseball..

  7. gonderfan - May 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    They should have both backed off and let Throneberry come over and take it.

  8. fusionix7 - May 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Maybe the Astros should actually address the lack of communication between players. There were two close calls and the actual collision with Altuve in the Tigers series. This is stuff you learn in little league.

  9. cbear34 - May 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I’m a huge Pirate fan, but I have to say…we got lucky there

  10. tuscaloosaguy - May 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The Astros are almost as good as the early Mets. Only difference is, the Astros don’t have Marv Throneberry.

    • gonderfan - May 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      The Mets lost 737 games in 7 years from 1962 through 1968, then won the World Series in ’69. If the Astros could find a way to lose 186 games this year … next year could be theirs.

      … I guess the season isn’t going to be quite long enough, though… But more realistically, if they can reach 3-years/330-losses this year, they just need to average about 102 per year over 2014-2017, and be set for: 2018; Year of the Astros!

  11. humanexcrement - May 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    These guys make the early 2000s Devil Rays teams look like a dynasty in the making. But at least those teams produced quality talent and eventually built a quality franchise. The Astros don’t even have the excuse of being an expansion team, and there’s no significant help coming in from the minor leagues anytime soon. Forget the AL West, this entire team should have been sent down to AAA. I doubt they could win there, either. Welcome to the new Montreal Expos.

    • mc1439 - May 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I think you are the dumbest person to post on the internet ever.

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Your name Precedes you well.

  12. pw38 - May 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Why did I keep humming Benny Hill in my head while I watched that?

  13. nflhou0208 - May 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    My wife and I were thinking of going to Orlando in February to celebrate our 25 th anniversary. Astros spring training base is not far from there , in Kissimee,Fla. But now we were thinking about visiting the baseball Hall of Fame…. we wont be concerned about running into any of these guys there!!!

  14. rabbi187 - May 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    @ humanexcrement
    Check your facts before you start blabbering off BS out pf your ass. Houston has the 4th best farm system turd nugget.

    • jeffa43 - May 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Lol… Well said. What’s funny is that the halos are further from the playoffs then we are. They will not hit there way to the playoffs this season. The halos minor league is ranked 30th for the 2nd straight year. It reminds me of signing Carlos and ignoring our draft picks. Halos = 2006 – 2011 Stros. No farm, and over spending.

      Halos will win a lot more than the Stros this year, but they are heading the opposite direction in the long run. We will pass them in a few years, and they still won’t sniff the playoffs.

      Old and large payroll, with no pitching. Maybe they should have gave Matt Harvey just a little bit of that Puholes contract…. Nope don’t sign you’re draft picks… 30th vs 4th.

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