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Video: The Reds fall victim to a 6-2-4-3-2 double play

Apr 13, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

In the bottom of the second inning during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, the Reds pulled off what’s known as a double-TOOTBLAN. (TOOTBLAN: Thrown Out on the Bases Like A Nincompoop.) Zack Cozart had doubled in two runs off of Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos, pushing Devin Mesoraco to third base in the process. With one out, Tony Cingrani came to the plate.

Cingrani tapped a grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was playing shallow in the infield for just such a play. Escobar fired to catcher Ryan Hanigan, who tagged Mesoraco for the second out of the inning. Hanigan then threw the ball to second baseman Logan Forsythe, who ran towards Cingrani, a quarter of the way between first and second base. Forsythe tossed the ball to first baseman Sean Rodriguez, who then whipped it back home and Hanigan tagged out Cozart trying to score. Just your typical 6-2-4-3-2 double play.

Watch the play as it unfolded:

  1. renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Certainly a rare play you’ve seen nowadays. Amazing!

  2. ptfu - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Credit to Cozart for recognizing the Cingrani rundown was about to end the inning. At that point he might as well try to score, as being tagged out means nothing. Although Cozart was out, Cingrani should get “credit” for the second TOOTBLAN, not Cozart.

    And of course Mesoraco was nuts to break for home on a roller right at a drawn-in advancing fielder.

    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I’m pretty sure adrenalines kicking in right there.

      • timburns116 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        I’m pretty sure it was ” go on contact”

  3. jm91rs - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Smart attempt by cozart, but this team has to have the worst base runners in the league. Every day they’re giving away at least one out on the bases.

    • timburns116 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      That’s funny, because it implies Reds players are ever on base. This is the anti-Moneyball team, just a race –outside of Votto– to see who can swing at the first fastball they see and get back to the bench.

      I’m glad this team is built on pitching and defense

  4. clydeserra - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    didn’t the catcher seem to be illegally blocking the plate on the second out?

    I don’t care, I don’t like the rule, but it that is the closest I have seen to a violation. And I saw the pitsburgh.chicago game where it was called.

    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Dunno, the runner can still pretty much do side sweep slide touch at home base though… were you referring at the first play at the plate or the second one?

      • clydeserra - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        second play at the plate. the third out of the inning

    • baberuthslegs - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      That video of the play is not definitive enough to tell if he was blocking the plate. Seems someone would have questioned it if the catcher was in the way though.

  5. cur'68 - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Double TOOTBLAN indeed. A lone bright moment in a depressing game.

  6. Joe Vecchio - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Who do they think they are? The Nats?

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Perhaps they were all simply aware that Billy Hamilton was up next, and unlikely to get the job done. Sometimes teams are left with no better option than trying to force the situation.

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