All Ronald Belisario wanted to do was give the Cleveland Indians a free baserunner. Instead, he gave them a free run.
The Tampa Bay Rays reliever entered Monday’s game in the ninth inning and allowed hits to Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, putting runners on second and third with one out. The Rays then decided to intentionally walk Michael Brantley to load the bases.
Apparently this was easier said than done.
To steal a line from Bob Uecker, that was juuuust a bit outside.
Kipnis’ mad dash home extended Cleveland’s lead to three runs, but Belisario’s rough outing wasn’t over. After successfully completing his intentional walk of Brantley, the right-hander allowed three more runs to score on an RBI single, a fielder’s choice and another wild pitch in an eventual 7-1 loss.
Belisario’s ERA skyrocketed from 4.76 to 9.45 after his brutal inning.
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