For Pete's Sake

Luke Hochevar made the smartest play of the year for the Royals — or the luckiest

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jason Bourgeois was tagged out at home plate by Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera for the second out of a double play.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jason Bourgeois was tagged out at home plate by Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera for the second out of a double play. The Associated Press

Luke Hochevar either made the smartest play in Wednesday’s game or he was the most fortunate.

Either way, the Royals got out of a jam because of it.

The Reds trailed 4-3 but had the bases loaded with one out. Hochevar had entered the game in relief of Jeremy Guthrie, and induced Jay Bruce to pop up on the infield.

The infield fly rule was called, so Bruce was out. Then Hochevar either deliberately or accidentally allowed the ball to fall to the ground and Jason Bourgeois tried to score for some reason.

Take a look:

“That was all planned,” Hochevar (tongue in cheek) told The Star’s Andy McCullough. “We practice that all the time.”

If you are a Royals fan of a certain age, you know that a decade ago, the pitcher would have thrown the ball past the catcher and instead of a double play, the Reds would have scored twice. But this is a new era for Royals baseball.

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