Indians’ Ryan Raburn makes, quite possibly, the worst throw ever

(Associated Press)

The play resembled something you’d see at your nephew’s little league game. But this was Major League Baseball. With a perfect game at stake.

Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber went from a perfect game after 6 1/3 innings to a loss after an errant throw by his own teammate. Errant might not be the best way to describe it. This 105-year-old woman who threw out the first pitch at the Padres game earlier this week might have had a better throw than the Indians’ Ryan Raburn.

He first botched a diving catch on the Royals’ Mike Moustakas’s hit, ending Kluber’s perfect game. Raburn then one-upped himself in bad plays by spiking the throw to center field, allowing Moustakas to score the go-ahead run as the ball dribbled on the field with one of the weirdest inside-the-park home runs ever.

(Gif via Deadspin)

Kluber got the loss, and so did the Indians.

“I think I was more mad than he was,” Raburn told reporters. “Crazy things can happen in a game. Of course, if there’s a different scenario where we were winning by a lot, we can probably laugh about it. But the way the game was playing out, as tight as it was and as great of a game as he pitched, I don’t think there’s anybody who felt worse than I did.”

Luckily for Raburn, Cleveland is still too busy celebrating LeBron James’s return to make him the object of their recurring sports misfortune.

Isabelle Khurshudyan covers local college sports for The Washington Post. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter @ikhurshudyan.



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