The Yankees had a terrible first half of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. As Brett explained in the recap, the team failed to cash in on a number of opportunities at the plate. The most egregious — and mind-blowing — letdown came courtesy of Tyler Wade.
To set the stage, the Bombers loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning with no outs. The 23-year-old Wade then came to the plate with a prime chance to get the Yankees on the board. He had so many different ways to do so, too. Base hit, fly ball, walk — the possibilities were near limitless.
Instead, he banged into arguably the worst double play you will see this season. He dribbled a groundball in front of the catcher, who stepped on the plate to record the force out at home. To make things worse, Wade didn’t run the ball out! He must have thought it was foul, but Salvador Perez tagged him out to complete the double play.
It’s so surreal that video evidence is necessary:
Here’s that weird double play Tyler Wade’s probably going to be hearing about for a few days: pic.twitter.com/VO6OLDNLDN— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 28, 2018
It’s impossible to say how that would have impacted the game if Wade ran to first. He probably still would be out. Nonetheless, this blunder serves as a microcosm for the Yankees’ offense of late.