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Play of the Day: Ian Kinsler scores after the Angels commit three errors on the same play

Apr 20, 2014, 10:05 PM EST

Ian Kinsler, Hank Conger Ian Kinsler, Hank Conger

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was part of one of the stranger plays you’ll see this season. With his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Kinsler drew a one-out walk and was standing on first base when Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate. With a 3-2 count against Angels lefty Hector Santiago, Kinsler broke for second. Catcher Hank Conger‘s throw sailed high and went into center field, and that’s when the crazy started.

Kinsler broke for third base and got there easily. Center fielder Mike Trout, meanwhile, nonchalantly tossed the ball back into the infield, but it too sailed a bit wide and bounced towards Santiago in the middle of the diamond. Kinsler scampered home and touched home while Santiago’s throw to his catcher sailed to the backstop.

It’s as funny as it sounds:

  1. deweyks - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Funniest part was Conger’s throw was on a ball 4.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Was it really? oh boy. For the last few years I have observed the Angels from waaaaayyyyyy down here and wondered how in the world a stacked team like that turned each successive season into a crapout. I’m beginning to understand.

    • chinahand11 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Yes! Full count ball, unnecessary throw, errors, run given up, lord what a show. Great hustle on Kinsler’s part too.

  2. Reflex - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Historio – Hope you are enjoying Kinsler. I still agree with you that keeping Prince would have been better overall, but Kinsler’s not a bad consolation prize.

    Also, everyone needs to remember this the next time some idiot claims Kinsler makes dumb outs on the basepaths. He’s actually pretty good.

    • dan1111 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      I’m sure Kinsler is good, but is this really an example of that? He could not have made a dumb out on the basepaths even if he had wanted to, given the way they were slinging the ball around.

      • moseskkim - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:12 AM

        Going home on that play was a bad move. Yeah he scored but if santiagos short throw was anywhere closer, kinsler wouldve been out for sure

    • historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      If he’d gone with his instincts when he first wanted to run, it wouldn’t have been so close at home. I thought he was going to go back — so yeah, he’s aggressive on that. I’m not quite used to it…or sure what to do with it…

      Bonus: Miggy took 2B in the fracas.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Hmmm, not fracas — fuss.

      • Reflex - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Aggressive on the basepaths is something the Tigers could use more of and could have used more of for years. I do think this is one of the benefits of Kinsler. Hopefully that CF of theirs will take lessons.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        I think the new management is encouraging the players in this regard. Miggy is notoriously not a base stealer (thief? lol), and even he took one against the Angels. So there!

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Awesome heads up play by Kinsler! What a deal to bring h to Detroit.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  4. grumpyoleman - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    That Trout guy was really fast on that play.

  5. gloccamorra - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I’ve heard about and seen weak hitting teams that needed three hits to scratch out a run, but three errors? I thought that only happened in Little League and over-40 softball.

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