Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco slips, chokes, fails in Chicago

May 15, 2015, 5:15 PM | Updated: 5:15 pm

The Chicago Cubs are usually referred to as a cursed team, but Friday they passed on some of that misfortune to the Pittsburgh Pirates — and to one player in particular.

In an extra-inning game at Wrigley Field, Chicago’s Matt Szczur came to the plate with one out, the bases loaded and the game tied against Pirates reliever Radhames Liz.

Szczur hit a shallow pop-up to right field, which shouldn’t have been long enough to score Starlin Castro from third.

That hardly mattered as Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco had trouble fielding the ball. A lot of trouble.

Polanco first slips and then flails with both arms at the incoming ball before watching it drop a few feet behind him.

The winning run came in easily for the Cubs, who had themselves an 11-10 victory in 12 innings, their fifth win in a row, including their first in this three-game series.

Here’s a closer look at Polanco’s shame:

It was an interesting turn of events, since Polanco had gunned down a runner at home — also Castro with Szczur hitting a shallow fly ball to right field — two innings prior to keep Pittsburgh in the game.

Maybe the Cubs’ good fortunes came via their unique rally hats in the 12th inning.


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