In the seventh inning, no score and one out, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom got Brian McCann to hit a ground ball between first and second base. The Mets were playing a shift.
Daniel Murphy scooped the ball, pivoted, and threw to David Wright, who was standing on second base. Wright stepped on second base for the inning’s second out, he shuffled his feet, lost momentum and threw the ball to first base for what could’ve been an inning-ending double play, but the ball was a weal, one-hopper to Lucas Duda, who couldn’t pick it up in time. McCann was safe at first.
Yankees OF Alfonso Soriano then hit an RBI double for the game’s lone run.
“Next time I probably need to build a little more momentum getting into second base so I can kind of step through it and make a stronger throw and not have to rush so much from a stationary position,” Wright said about his weak and wide throw.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The hit was not recorded as an error, because – even if Duda had picked up Wright’s throw – I think McCann would have been safe. If there was an error, it was the throw. I think a good throw would’ve gotten the out, ended the inning and who knows how things would have played out. Of course, Wright is not a shortstop. I know he practices this play, and he often fields ground balls at shortstop before the game. And, to be fair, he successfully turned a 3-5-3 double play Monday, while also playing a shift against McCann. This time, however, in the moment, faced paced, game on the line, Wright – again, essentially out of position – didn’t get it done.