Cincinnati Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer (17) steps out of the batterÕs box during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

A bizarre play had everyone confused in Reds, Orioles game

There was a bizarre play at Great American Ball Park on Saturday night. 

A reminder that baseball can be beautiful and confounding, each in its own way. 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, just minutes after Joey Votto smashed his 10th home run of the season to give the Reds a 5-2 lead, a brief sequence of pandemonium ensued. 

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With one out, Kyle Farmer hoisted a bloop single into shallow right field. 

Right behind him, Nick Senzel charged a line drive into the left field wall with Orioles left fielder Austin Hays tracking it along the way. 

A hard hit line drive off the bat of Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo (3) flies over the head of Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel (15) for a triple in the seventh inning of the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, July 29, 2022. The Orioles scored four runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 6-2 win over the Reds.

Hays, who timed his jump perfectly, trapped the ball off the wall in his glove seamlessly. Hays turned quickly and sent the ball back in. 

“I saw it hit the wall but, you know, Farm didn’t,” said Senzel. “And that’s just how it was. It’s not like he’s doing anything, just playing the game. He has a tough angle. It was so weird. It just ricocheted off the top of the wall right into the guy’s glove but he still threw it to first base.”

Farmer was hustling off Senzel’s contact. 

“Nick hit it hard,” said Farmer. “I saw (Hays) jump and jump really high and I saw the ball in his glove I just ran back and did a scorpion slide, possibly concussed, but I don’t know. I feel bad that Nick didn’t get a hit out of that because you hit a ball that hard you’re supposed to get a hit. I just thought he caught it.”

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