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I'm at the Bristol game right now, but here's a thread to discuss the Pirates' 7-5 loss to San Francisco, featuring The Weirdest Baserunning Play Of All Time.

Charlie Morton allowed three runs in the first. Neil Walker doubled to lead off the second and later came home on Travis Snider's groundout. In the third, Morton walked and came home on Josh Harrison's game-tying homer. (It was the fourth consecutive game in which Harrison went deep.) The Giants retook the lead on a pair of singles, an HBP, and another single in the bottom of the inning, but Jordy Mercer hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Pirates up 5-4.

The bizarre baserunning play happened in the sixth. I'm still trying to understand what happened -- Gaby Sanchez was on third and Snider on second, and Chris Stewart walked. Snider apparently figured the walk moved him up and got caught in a rundown between second and third, and the Giants quickly nabbed him. And then Sanchez for some reason broke for home, even though the play was only about 20 feet from him, and the Giants caught him too. Sanchez apparently figured that by leaving the base, he could allow Snider and Stewart to move up, but he left the base too late for that.

Weird and stupid, particularly on Snider's part -- Sanchez was mostly just reacting to a situation that Snider had already made really strange. And costly -- the Giants scored two in the bottom of the seventh and another in the eighth, and ended up winning by two.