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Josh Harrison escaped yet another run-down

Jul 27, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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Josh Harrison is quickly climbing the list of must-watch players. The Pirates’ super-utilityman and National League All-Star dipped and dived his way out of a rundown in the tenth inning against the Mets on June 27, though he did not score. The next inning, he belted a walk-off RBI double.

Harrison has done it again. The speedster deftly avoided Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario‘s tag in a run-down in the sixth inning of today’s game in Colorado. The Pirates had already plated two to begin the top of the sixth against Rockies starter Tommy Kahnle thanks to a game-tying two-run home run from Travis Snider. Harrison then reached on a single to shallow center.

With Gregory Polanco at the plate, Harrison stole second base. Only one problem: he overslid the base and shortstop Josh Rutledge was guarding the return path. That’s when the action began:

Harrison would later score on an Ike Davis double to give the Pirates a 5-4 lead. In the eighth inning, Harrison broke a 5-5 tie, hitting a solo home run to right center. He finished 4-for-6 with an RBI single, a double, the solo home run, and two stolen bases in the Pirates’ 7-5 win. The guy is a heap of fun to watch.

Harrison has a .294/.330/.447 slash line with six home runs, 33 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 302 plate appearances this season.

  1. tn16 - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    The only argument I could see is if they say he was off the base path

    • blacksables - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Yeah, that only counts when avoiding the tag. Did you see the part where the catcher dropped the ball?

      Can’t tag someone with the ball on the ground.

      Says it right in the rule book.

  2. Stiller43 - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    So damn close from going 1st to home without the ball hitting a bat…wow

    • apkyletexas - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Yeah – wish he had kept running with home plate not covered, just to see if he could’ve made it.

  3. maddog11896 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    God, imagine if Billy Hamilton had these moves! He’d have 1,000 stolen bases by the time he’s 30!

  4. paperlions - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    The Rockies are not good at baseball. They made multiple fundamentally poor plays on the IF yesterday. They had Pedro Alvarez picked off at one point and screwed that up, too.

  5. mangoman1966 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Love this kid. Hustles and plays hard consistently. He will have a steady position next year.

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