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Brewers: Jean Segura steals second then gets caught stealing second in the same inning

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If you missed the Brewers 5-4 win over the Cubs you missed one of the most bizarre plays you'll ever see in baseball.  In the bottom of the eighth Jean Segura led off with a single then with Ryan Braun up Segura stole second.  Braun subsequently walked. 

 

Okay, that all makes sense. 

 

Then came the play.  With Rickie Weeks at the plate Segura was caught in a pick off between second and third.  Braun attempted to steal second while Segura was stranded but as he did Segura safely got back to second.  With two men on the same base Braun was called out but Segura, thinking he was out, began running back to the dugout.  At that point first base coach Garth Iorg told Segura to get to the first base bag, which Segura did.  Now with Segura at first and Jonathan Lucroy at the plate (after Weeks struck out) Segura tried swiping second again but was thrown out.

 

Confused?  You're not alone. 

 

Manager Ron Roenicke said afterward that he had never seen a guy steal second then get thrown out at second in the same inning.  There was mass confusion in the press box as well and the official play-by-play sheet has Segura out trying to steal third.  However we were told that in order to avoid a Y2K-like meltdown, the play-by-play sheet couldn't reflect a player attempting to steal the same base twice.  ESPN had it scored as Segura out on a runner's fielder's choice, which I have no explanation for.

 

Safe to say, that sequence was one for the books and way more bizarre than something like a bird flying into a woman's head.  I'm not sure how it will all get officially scored but chances are you'll never see that again.

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