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If this were Jeter it would be legendary.
Luckily for the Royals, Omar Infante was in position to back up the play, and Hosmer's mitt was intact enough to receive the throw for a 3-4-3 putout.
As well as Jay did to get the out at second, it looks as if he could have instead still got the lead runner by immediately throwing to third. The runner freezes near second until the ball sails past.
As for why taking the play at 2B instead of 3B - Carpenter can't see the runner heading to 3B. He's facing directly away from the bag. He'd have to turn around, which would put him out of position to make a throw to 2B. But he can see, with peripheral vision or a quick neck turn, the play at 2B. Turning around to see if the 3B play is there risks taking too much time to make a play anywhere. I agree with the 2B decision. - Brock Hanke
That being said, why was 2B uncovered? The standard on a bunt play with men on 1B and 2B is for either the 3B or the 1B to charge, depending on which side the pitcher falls to. The pitcher covers that side's bunts. So, it should have been something like 3B (Carpenter) charges, SS covers 3B, 2B covers 2B, 1B covers 1B, and the pitcher covers bunts to the 1B side. Or the other way, with the 1B charging, 2B covers 1B, SS covers 2B, 3B covers 3B, and the pitcher covers bunts to the 3B side. I have no idea why the Cards had two infielders fielding bunts unless the play is specifically set up for the CF to cover 2B.
The most bizarre thing to me is the one-hop throw to Jay. That looks like a slip to me more than anything.
Re: second base being uncovered, I bet he was thinking that since it was popped up the guys who were going to go cover would freeze and go back to their bags, so there would be someone at second. Which is what they should have done, actually.
SoSH - What puzzles me is that I've always been taught, and heard, that this play always involves one corner infielder charging and the pitcher covering the other side. All the scenarios I've seen here and elsewhere ignore the pitcher. If you check my breakdown several comments ago, you'll see that I involve the pitcher in all scenarios except the popup. All the alternatives I've seen, including here, ignore him. That's what I don't get. What was the pitcher doing while all this was going on? He's either supposed to cover the 1B side or the 3B side, leaving that infielder able to stay on his bag. What I'm trying to figure out is how that didn't happen - how the pitcher just disappeared from the play. Unfortunately, I'm lacking a clip of the play, so I can't look it up for myself. I was hoping that someone here had seen the play and could tell me what happened to the pitcher. He's the key. I've never heard of a bunt converge that leaves a base unguarded, but then, I've never seen a bunt play where the pitcher has no assignment. Just because I've never seen it before, I'm now obsessively confused. - Brock
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