Class AA Springfield lefty Domingo Robles’ pickoff throw to first base in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 12-8 win over Wichita took some extra steps, or rather throws, but still got the job done for the S-Cards.
With Twins prospect Austin Martin standing on first base, Robles lifted his right leg and threw over to Julio E. Rodriguez came entered the game in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement.
The pickoff throw caught Martin off the base, and what ensued was a sequence that would have had many baseball fans shouting “pickle!” just as fictional youth baseball player Hamilton “Ham” Porter did in the 1988 classic “The Sandlot.”
Rodriguez chased Martin halfway to second base before tossing the ball to shortstop Nick Dunn. Dunn ran Martin back to first base leading him to throw the back over to Robles who stood in front of the bag continuing a rundown that involved every player in the S-Cards infield.
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The play, which was scored a 1-3-6-1-4-2-5-3-8 pickoff, ended with center fielder Justin Toerner chasing down Martin after Toerner ran in from center field to make the tag on the Twins prospect halfway between first and second base.