Playing baseball is hard. Playing right field is hard. Playing right field is really hard if you've hardly played right field before.
Friday night, the Astros took a 4-2 lead over the Pirates to the bottom of the eighth, but the Corsairs scored twice to make it 4-4. It was still 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth when the Pirates loaded the bases with one out, thanks to a couple of singles and an error by pitcher Edgar Gonzalez.
Gonzalez fought back to strike out Neil Walker, then got Russell Martin to hit a pop fly into short right field. Where this happened (click on image to see video):
(source: MLB GIFS)
The right fielder who blasted through the second baseman was Jimmy Paredes. Yes, technically the second baseman's supposed to get out of the way if the right fielder calls him off, and we might assume that Paredes called him off. But if this all seems familiar, it's because it is. The same damn thing happened Monday night ...
... when Jimmy Paredes knocked Jose Altuve out of the game with a jaw injury. Friday, Altuve was still on bereavement leave -- his grandmother died this week -- so this time it was second baseman Jake Elmore's turn.
Paredes has spent the vast majority of his professional career playing various infield positions, and maybe he should go back to that. You know, before somebody really gets hurt.