Former Kernel at center of strange play in Milwaukee

A strange play occurred in the eighth inning of Friday’s Brewers-Cubs game in Milwaukee, and a former Midwest Leaguer was at the center of it.

At the start of the play, the Brewers had two men on base: Jean Segura at second and Ryan Braun at first. Here’s how it unfolded, courtesy of The Associated Press:

Segura led off the eighth inning with a single and stole second before Braun walked. The two attempted a double steal, but Kevin Gregg didn’t deliver a pitch. Instead, he threw to third well ahead of Segura, who turned and went back to second. Braun was there, and shortstop Luis Valbuena tagged both runners as they stood on the bag.

The rules say only the trailing runner is out in that case, but Segura trotted down the line toward first base and the home dugout, then appeared to realize what had happened and sped into the unoccupied base.

He later attempted a straight steal of second, but Cubs catcher Welington Castillo threw him out.

In other words, Segura stole second base, almost got picked off in what was scored an attempted double steal, somehow ended up back on first base, then got thrown out trying to steal second base again. (Watch video of Segura’s baserunning adventures here.)

I’m still as baffled as I was when I watched the play live on television. I’m surprised there isn’t a rule forbidding a player from retreating to a previous base after safely advancing to the next one, but maybe that’s a situation the rulemakers never thought would happen.

Regardless, Segura is an alumni of the Midwest League, having played second base for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2010. In 130 games, he batted .313 with 10 HR, 79 RBI and 50 SB.

Segura is off to a hot start with Milwaukee this season, hitting .367 (18-for-49) in his first 13 games.

Jean Segura playing second base for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels (Photo from The Sprouting News)

Brewers SS Jean Segura playing second base for the 2010 Cedar Rapids Kernels. (Photo from The Sprouting News)

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