The Toronto Blue Jays entered the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night trailing the Chicago White Sox by two runs. They mounted a small rally to get the potential winning run to the plate in the form of Michael Saunders.
Saunders appeared to extend the inning by bouncing a high chopper to second baseman Brett Lawrie. The ball stayed in the air long enough to make it an extremely difficult play and all three runners to safely reach their intended base.
Troy Tulowitzki, however, found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of hope by allowing the ball to hit him in the right arm. This happened because he was trying to screen Lawrie instead of running full speed into second. His plan backfired thanks to a bad hop, but it was a poor plan from the start.
To be fair, he had to make a split-second decision and just happened to choose wrong. As hot as the White Sox have been, the ball probably would have followed him around like a heat-seeking missile anyway.
Of all the disappointing ways to end a ballgame, this has to be high up on the list.