Yankees defense flops, allows first Little League home run in 35 years


The Yankees defense wasn't exactly sparkling for Gerrit Cole early on in Sunday's game against the Padres.

With a runner on second and two outs in the top of the second, San Diego's Jose Azocar lofted a bloop single into center field, prompting Ha-Seong Kim to bolt home from second. The throw from a charging Harrison Bader in center field sailed well above the head of Kyle Higashioka, allowing Kim to score easily.

But the sloppy defense was only halfway done, as Higashioka fielded the overthrow off the wall behind the plate and quickly fired to third to try and nab Azocar, who kept running when he noticed the high throw from Bader. Higashioka's throw was as off-line as Bader's, sailing into left field and allowing Azocar to score on the Little League home run, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead.

According to the YES Network, it was the first Little League home run allowed by the Yankees since July of 1988, when Tommy John committed three errors in one play.

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