Yard Goats’ Unusual Strikeout Becomes Viral Sensation

It’s the strikeout that has gone viral.  It’s an occurrence baseball fans have probably never seen before and are unlikely to ever see again.  

It happened towards the end of Friday night’s Hartford Yard Goats game in Binghamton against the Rumble Ponies.  In the top of the eighth inning, with the count at 1-2, pitcher Cory Burns lost his footing and threw the ball into the grass near the first base line.

The ball was still live, but Goats batter and third baseman Josh Fuentes jokingly took a swing.  The umpire called it a strike.  That was Fuentes’ third strike and led to the end of the inning.

The Yard Goats would end up losing the game 5-4.

The play would go viral and lead to quite a flurry of social media posts.  Should the umpire have called a strike?  Should Fuentes have known better?

Fuentes took to Twitter and had a good sense of humor about the strikeout.

The Yard Goats chimed in on the fun on social media.

Not everyone agreed that the umpire should have called a strike at what was an obvious joke swing.  But technically, the ball was still live and play was still underway.    

Baseball fans around the country couldn’t resist the opportunity to weigh in on the controversy, and the team’s names.

Through Sunday, Fuentes was batting .255 with 38 hits, 13 runs, three home runs, 22 RBI, and leading the team with four triples.

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