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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Houston Astros catcher Matt Pagnozzi laughably muffs throw

The 2013 Houston Astros really are the gift that keeps on giving.

The same team that has given us the buttslide and an embarrassing error on an outfield collision to lose the game, has now given us one of the worst attempted throws by a catcher.

Matt Pagnozzi throwThe New York Yankees had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth with two outs on Saturday. Chia-Jen Lo threw a pitch that was taken high for a ball, and catcher Matt Pagnozzi set up like he was going to try back-picking the runner at second. But something happened on his transfer, and the ball got away from him and went towards the on-deck circle. The blunder allowed an alert Eduardo Nunez to score from third, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. They won by that score.

“I didn’t have a grip and I was trying to stop my arm and what happened, happened,” Pagnozzi explained after the game. “It’s pretty tough, especially with the kind of skid we’re on right now. Having it come down to being the go-ahead run that scored. Yeah, not something that you want to happen.”

Maybe the baseball gods were behind the move. The run helped give Andy Pettitte the win in his last career start, allowing him to go out on a great note and without ever having a season with a record below .500 (he finished 11-11). It was his 26th career complete game.

Even though it’s not from this season, this is a pretty awesome Astros lowlight from 2012 to also enjoy.

GIF via Reddit/r/MLB

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