Los Angeles Angels' Jo Adell makes an embarrassing "four base mistake" by accidentally throwing a routine fly ball over the outfield fence
- Angel right fielder Jo Adell made a rare four-base mistake on Sunday by misplaying a routine fly ball that jumped out of his glove and went over the fence
- The official goalscorer turned the season's first homer, Rangers' infielder Nick Solak, into a mistake after consulting the Elias Sports Bureau
- Elias is not known to have set a precedent for a four base mistake on a ball that went over the wall, although Jose Canseco made a similar mistake for Texas 27 years ago
Los Angeles Angels rookie right fielder Jo Adell has been in the Major League for less than a week but already has a highlight: a four-base mistake in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Texas Rangers.
Adell was charged with the rare performance when a routine poppy fly bounced out of his glove and flew the few remaining feet over the fence.
Nick Solak hoped the original home run decision would pass, but knew immediately it would not when he saw a goal in Texas two innings later, which was replaced by a mistake on the scoreboard in Los Angeles.
The official goalscorer turned Solak's first homer of the season into a mistake after consulting the Elias Sports Bureau. Elias said there is no known precedent for a four base error in a ball that went over the wall.
It's not the first time the Rangers have been involved in a strange homerun game – or, in this case, a non-homer. A little over 27 years ago, Jose Canseco was playing just right for Texas when a deep fly bounced off his head over the fence.
Jo Adell suffered an embarrassing mishap for the Los Angeles Angels against Texas Rangers
Nick Solak's goal should have been an easy catch for the right outfield player, but he lost the shot
"I think I definitely deserved a home run," said Solak, who still had two hits and made two more runs. “You know, you think like the Canseco game, I don't even know how that was achieved, hopefully a home run.
“But as a batsman, I'm always like that, if I were a goalscorer I would always be wrong if I gave the boys more hits. But I am personally so I don't know. & # 39;
The Canseco ball was a 1993 homer for Carlos Martinez in Cleveland, but the big racket hit the wall when the ball escaped his glove and came off his head.
Adell was drifting toward the warning lane when he said he lost the ball when he turned his shoulder. When he found it again, the ball was right on him. He quickly reached out his gloved left hand and the ball popped out before clearing the fence.
Realizing what had happened, Adell put his hands over his head and stared at the retractable roof of the Rangers' new $ 1.2 billion stadium. Later came a conversation with Star Center fielder Mike Trout.
Adell was devastated after making his Major League Baseball debut just a week earlier
"He just told me it wouldn't be the last time something like this would happen," said Adell, who scored all four goals in his fourth game in the big league. “It's one of those things that sucks, but it's not the first time this has happened in baseball. It's difficult. & # 39;
Texas manager Chris Woodward said he would "fight" to turn the verdict back into a homer. Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis said he didn't even know until reporters told him after the game that Solak's long ball was a mistake, not a homer.
"It's an embarrassing game for an outfield player and it's tough," said Angels manager Joe Maddon. "I went over and had a quick chat with him and I thought he handled it well."
"I just have to settle in, find my groove and understand that it's a game and things happen," Adell said, reflecting on the game.
“You make mistakes. Just go out there and do it. I don't think I'm there yet. I am ready to get there. I'm on my way there.
Solak first celebrated a home run before the fault was classified as a four-base fault