MILWAUKEE -- In possibly one of the strangest innings in major league history, Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura both stole second base and was caught stealing second in the same inning on Friday.
With the Brewers leading the Cubs 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Segura got to first on an infield single and then stole second. Ryan Braun followed with a walk, prompting Chicago Cubs acting manager Jamie Quirk to replace pitcher Kevin Gregg with Shawn Camp.
As Camp got ready to pitch to Rickie Weeks, Segura got caught off second base. Camp threw to third baseman Luis Valbuena who ran Segura back to second where Braun had advanced during the run down. Both players were standing on second base.
Valbuena tagged them both and Segura assumed he was out and started running towards the Brewers dugout which is behind first base. But second base umpire Phil Cuzzi correctly called the “following runner” out in Braun. As the “preceding runner” Segura was not out unless tagged off the bag. Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney grabbed the ball and started chasing Segura who quickly realized he was still “alive” and just went back to first base.
The Cubs thought Barney had actually tagged Segura as he got up from second base but their arguments were to no avail.
“Any point between second and first that they would have tagged him, he’s out,” crew chief Tom Hallion said. “What he did was take the liability to be put out by leaving second base. But once he got to first base, now that’s his.”
So Segura, who started the play at second base and was nearly picked off heading to third, ended up back at first base. And then he was thrown out trying to steal second again.
“Bizarre,” Hallion said. “Technically, he stole second, stole first, then got thrown out stealing second.”
After getting Segura, Camp struck out Weeks, getting three outs on seven pitches without a ball being put into play.