Javy Baez hamstrings Mets rally with bizarre baserunning gaffe

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By , Audacy Sports

Mets infielder Javier Baez turned in his second lowlight in as many nights on Wednesday, when he stunted a potential second-inning rally by inexplicably getting doubled off second base on a lineout to center field with no outs in the inning.

Baez seemed to be running on contact, apparently forgetting how many outs there were or perhaps just making a poor read on Jonathan Villar's well-struck liner, which was reeled in with little difficulty by Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski, who was shading Villar slightly to the opposite field.

Yaz, the grandson of Hall of Famer and Long Island native Carl Yastrzemski, easily doubled off Baez at second base, who had already rounded third by the time he realized the ball was caught.

The double play left the Mets with just a man on first and two outs, after they had two on with nobody out.

It wasn't all bad news for Baez, though, as he later redeemed himself with a nifty sliding grab on soft popup by Giants slugger Brandon Belt.

Positioned on the second-base side of the infield on account of the extreme shift deployed against Belt, Baez ranged well into the vacated hole at shortstop and into shallow left field to reel in the duck snort, much to the pleasure of starter Taijuan Walker.

The baserunning blunder came just one night after Baez turned in one of the ugliest in-game swings in recent memory, when he flailed wildly and comically early at an off-speed pitch.

Prior to Wednesday's game, Mets Manager Luis Rojas told WFAN's Carton & Roberts that Baez simply hadn't recognized the changeup coming out of the pitcher's hand.

For fans on social media, Wednesday's gaffe was another occasion to do a little bit of laughing and a little bit of crying.

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