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Merkle’s Boner redux: minor league team hits walkoff single, loses

Jul 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Fred Merkel

Saw this via Deadspin and I’ve been smacking my head ever since.

Great Lakes Loons vs. Lansing Lugnuts, two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. The Lansing batter hits a single up the middle. Game over, yes? You’d think so based on the celebration. Only one problem: the runner on first didn’t go to second — he was caught up in the celebration — so the center fielder scooped the ball up and tossed to second base. When the inning ends on a force out the run doesn’t count even if the runner crossed the plate before the out so it was taken off the board and onto extra innings they went. Lansing lost the game in the 10th inning.

This is Merkle’s Boner all over again. Of course, the 1908 Cubs who won that game due to Fred Merkle’s mistake went on to win the NL pennant by one game. Lansing, however, is already seven and half games back of the first place Great Lakes team after only 12 games played, so this probably won’t come back to haunt them.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    So who was the kid who made the mistake?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      It appears to have been Santiego Nessy, a 20 year old second string catcher. He does not appear to be a future major leaguer; however, he will have a story to tell his grandchildren.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    So we’re going to add “Boner” to the “Wang/Dickey/Johnson” lexicon now?

    Before long, nbcsports is going to need an .XXX domain name.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      It’s turning into a real sausagefest around here, for sure.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        So we’re turning into Milwakee?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Where have you BEEN? Sleeping again, you lazy fool?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Hey, if the doctor says take these pills and get plenty of rest while you’re body puts itself back together, then I get stoned and watch TV from the bed as ordered. Besides, typing on the tablet is a pain in the ass.

        Good week for that so far though, a strange Zimmerman trial, Egypt going all Egypt, good movies and plenty of documentaries ( I know way more today about why one should never swim in the Thames River than I should know ) …… I mean, how does Maury still have a job with all this good educational stuff on the tube. People on extended uneloyment could gain a hell of an education by watching the right day time TV.

        I remember when it was soap operas, Phil, and Oprah. That was it.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        No, Big Valley reruns? Shame.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        If we were talking The Rifleman or Hogan’s Heroes, you might have my attention.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Boooo!!!!

        I got a Hulu subscription, so I’ve caught a little Ironside in the last few weeks.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      In an only marginally related note, the official dictionary of German has accepted the word sh*tstorm into their language, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has used the term in public. Now, back to the game.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    It nearly happened to the Phillies in 1987 – Bases Loaded and 1 out, Schmidt Singles to drive in the winning run…..and the runners from 1st and 2nd just started celebrating. Had the Cardinals picked up on that, they easily could have turned a double play

    http://articles.philly.com/1987-09-15/sports/26208886_1_phils-cards-reliever-cardinals

  4. largebill - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Similar thing happened in my kid’s game last Friday. Two outs and men on first and third. My kid pops up behind second. Second baseman drops the ball when it finally came down. Runner from first is only a third of way to 2B and gets thrown out easily. Apparently, he thought there were only two outs. To me that’s as much on the 1B coach. Even if player’s should know score, outs, count, etc, the base coaches job is to be a pain and say things 95% of players are already thinking.

  5. larrymahnken - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Craig, you forgot to point out that the Cubs won the World Series that year because of that… and have not won the World Series since.

  6. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    I was tracking the game, and the Lugnuts actually had a Tweet that the game was over and they won, then had to take it back. Crazy, but baseball is the greatest and sometimes this is why-the players have to be thinking all the time. They don’t call it the ‘thinking man’s’ game for nothing. I love minor league ball!!!!!!!
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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