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Ryan Raburn: you are not supposed to spike the baseball, dude

Jul 25, 2014, 7:17 AM EST

Raburn spike

Last night Corey Kluber got a no-decision in what should’ve been a dominant shutout. Except (a) his offense didn’t give him hardly any run support; and (b) his defense let him down, allowing an unearned run. And BOY was that run unearned.

In the eighth inning, Mike Moustakas hit a blooper down the left field line which Ryan Raburn ranged over to catch. It bounced off the heel of his glove, however, allowing Moustakas to cruise into second on the error. Raburn recovered and, apparently, thought he had a play on Moustakas at second, so he came up firing.

He was just a wee bit off target:

That’s the kind of thing that shows up on Jumbortron blooper reels for years.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Somewhere – Jose Canseco approves

    • fleaman1381 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      This never fails to make me laugh. More so because this guy was my favorite player when I was a kid.

  2. Matt - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    I like the optics of the picture at the top of the post – the ump appears to be pointing in the direction that Raburn ultimately throws the ball.

  3. thebaseballidiot - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Yup. Terrible throw. But where was the center fielder backing the play up?

    And good heads up hustle by Moustakas?

    Is hustle still allowed here on Hardball Talk?

    Because if Moustakas had done a bat flip and danced his way into second base the way he’s supposed to, then Kluber gets the win. Not that those are important, or anything. It’s a way over-rated stat for a guy to get a win when’s he’s pitched that well.

    Or, if Moustakas had given up on the ball and assumed it would be caught, or even foul, he could have headed back to the dugout, and maybe gotten to first.

    Really poor attitude by Moustakas to not play the game the way it’s supposed to be. Hustling out of the box. How gauche.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      Because if Moustakas had done a bat flip and danced his way into second base the way he’s supposed to, then Kluber gets the win. Not that those are important, or anything. It’s a way over-rated stat for a guy to get a win when’s he’s pitched that well.

      This is sarcasm right?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        It think it’s a case of Wanna Be Mad at Something so Gonna Be Mad About Everything.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        I honestly can’t tell because it reads like an overzealous Puig criticism (subconcious racism), but Moose Tacos jogged it out of the box, and then jogged it into second base. So is it over the top criticism, trolling, sarcasm, or what?

      • paperlions - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        I’m going to Occam’s Razor this one and go with idiocy.

      • nbjays - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Good call, Paper.

  4. JB (the original) - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Just showing off his inner Jacque Jones.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Juan pierre wishes he could throw it that far on the fly

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      He’s no Delmon Young.

  5. southpaw2k - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Raburn’s “throw” could become about as infamous as Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble against the Patriots.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Only if Raburn starts showing up wearing women’s headbands

  6. papacrick - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Raburn has enough of these plays to make his own half hour blooper reel. This play barely cracks the top 3.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Flashbacks!

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Terrible camera work by both channels – or were they sharing the same cameras? – since we don’t get a decent look at the misthrow.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Use this link with accompanying .gif

      http://deadspin.com/ryan-raburn-defensive-meltdown-leads-to-easiest-inside-1610634728

  8. holographicribs - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    ClevelandSports.WMV

  9. NatsLady - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    By some bizarre coincidence I’m watching this video and the last time they showed the play some audio comes on singing a jinlge: “It’s my lucky day…” (dog food ad). Pretty lucky for Moustakas.

  10. laxer37 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    At least that one run didn’t tie the game and eventually cost his team a win.

  11. thomas844 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Tom Hamilton sure has a talent for making me want to tear my ears out

    • gpd1chicago - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      sorry I completely disagree. I love Hammy. “BALL GAME” are my favorite two words he says…

  12. Jason Lukehart - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Not that it matters, because Raburn be Raburn, but I discovered this while doing some research last night:

    Royals batters have had 10+ strikeouts against a pitcher only three times this season. All three were against Corey Kluber.

  13. ctony1216 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    This sometimes happens when you’re trying to stop your throw. Basically, you realize you’re throwing to the wrong base, try to stop and throw to the right base, but the ball doesn’t stay in your hand. I’m not sure if this is what happened to Rayburn, but if I were him, that’s the story I’d go with.

    • tovarfan - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      That’s what I was wondering. I watched the replay and sort of thought, was he trying to stop his throw? Did anyone ask Raburn what he did? Or do we all just talk about him!

    • danaking - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      This happened to me once, exactly as how you described it: tried to stop a throw and the ball got away. . Embarrassing as hell.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Yup, that’s exactly what happened. Raburn was trying to stop his throw. Here’s the scoop from the Cleveland newspaper:

      “Raburn said he was attempting to throw the ball back to third base. Since the Indians had a shift in play, Lonnie Chisenhall was tardy in covering the bag. Raburn tried to hold up, but his arm movement had progressed to the point of no return. He whipped the baseball into the ground and it squirted away…”

      link: http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2014/07/ryan_raburn_corey_kluber_cleve.html

      It happens. I’ve done it too. Horrible timing for Raburn.

  14. sandwiches4ever - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    He would have been better off turning around and throwing the ball into the stands. That would have only been one base.

  15. yankeefan1950 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    “his offense didn’t give him hardly any run support” Geez Craig, speak English much?

  16. Uncle Charlie - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    It’s funny because he threw the ball into the ground instead of to the infielder.

  17. montethecolorman - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Craig, you wrote: “It bounced off the heel of his glove, however, allowing Moustakas to cruise into second on the error.”

    That was scored a double, not an error. Inconceivably bad throw aside, that was a tough, sliding, backhand catch. No shame in not making that catch.

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