Ke'Bryan Hayes homered off Walker Buehler in the first inning of Tuesday's Los Angeles Dodgers-Pittsburgh Pirates game, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead against one of the toughest opponents in the league.
Only he didn't.
See, when Hayes made contact, the home run wasn't quite a no-doubter, so he was sprinting to first while watching the flight of the ball. That might have contributed to Hayes missing first base -- which the Dodgers noticed. L.A. won its appeal, and instead of a 1-0 lead, the Pirates were left with an scoreless tie and an out.
"Obviously, Ke' got caught watching the ball,'' Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. "It's one of those things that Ke' thought he caught the back corner of [the bag], and he didn't. If he even thinks he misses it, he has to go back and touch it."
After that whole Javier Baez fiasco, it has been a bit of an embarrassing stretch for Pirates baseball. Good news for the future, though: Hayes is a top prospect who is absolutely raking between this season and last year's .376/.442/.682 slashline in 24 games, so this is likely just a blip in what promises to be a great career.