(Audacy) The Cubs got an easy out in the second inning of a 2-0 win against the Phillies on Thursday afternoon when Philadelphia second baseman Jean Segura made a mental mistake thanks to the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard being wrong.
Rather than track the ball-strike count himself, Segura consulted the stadium scoreboard in center field, where the count mistakenly read 3-1 ahead of a ball, leading Segura to believe teammate Nick Maton had drawn a two-out walk. Segura, who had laced a single to right field moments earlier, then began his trek to second base. By the time Segura came to, surveying his surroundings in a state of terror, Cubs right-hander Javier Assad had already tagged him out.
Though Wrigley’s manually operated scoreboard was the clear culprit, lulling him into a false sense of security, knowing the count is ultimately Segura’s responsibility -- and that of first-base coach Paco Figueroa, to a lesser extent. Mental lapses like those are bound to happen, but the Phillies are in no position to be wasting outs as they fight with the Brewers for the National League's final wild-card berth.