You know what they say: when the Loons meet the Lugnuts, anything can happen.
On Monday night, the Great Lakes Loons beat the Lansing Lugnuts in a minor-league game, helped mightily by a horrible, awful, terrible mistake.
Chris Hawks, the Lugnuts’ outfielder, hit what should have been a game-winning, walk-off single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs in a 4-4 game. Alas — and it’s a big alas — the runner at first opted to join the celebratory scrum at first base rather than move to second. (Who’s on first? Everybody.)
Alertly, the center fielder for the Loons fielded the ball and threw to second for the forceout. After a lengthy conference, umpires ruled that the run had not scored and the the Lugnuts had to return to the field.
“[Lansing] had gone into the locker room,” Loons Manager Razor Shines said (via MiLB.com). “After my conversation with the umpires, they told me, ‘Wait a minute. We have to go get them out of the locker room,’ I said, ‘I understand that. We can wait.’
“That’s what they did. They went into the locker room, got them and we continued playing.”
It took so long to sort things out that, according to MiLB.com’s Jake Seiner, two Michigan television stations and a local newspaper reported that Lansing had won 5-4. But you can guess what happened when play resumed, particularly if you’re familiar with what happened to Fred Merkel in 1908.
The Lugnuts lost, 5-4, in 10 innings.