Minor League Catcher Can’t Find The Ball, Allows Run
We've seen some weird errors in our years of watching baseball, but this one might take the cake (other than when Javier Baez fooled the Pirates by getting them to pickle him between home plate and first base).
A clip from a game between the Greenville Drive and the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High-A affiliates for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, respectfully.
Greenville had two runners on base with no outs in the bottom of the first inning, when Marcelo Mayer hit the ball into deep right field.
The right fielder took the throw, for what would be an easy snag and tag at home plate, but Renegade catcher Antonio Gomez dropped the catch and a run scored.
After the ball hit his glove, it fell straight to the first base line, which was still freshly chalked because the game had essentially just begun.
The Drive had runners at first and third, but Gomez couldn't find the ball to end the play. He looked around for it, but the ball blended in with the baseline.
Greenville's pitcher stood behind him, pointing at the ball, trying to help him out without getting in his way, but he still couldn't locate it.
At that point, the third base runner for the Drive took off for home, making it there before Gomez was able to locate the ball.
Luckily for Gomez, Greenville lost by five, so the two runs he gave up ended up not having much of an outcome on the game.