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#pounditTuesday, May 17, 2022

Kyle Freeland bails out David Dahl after mistake in outfield

Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland bailed out teammate David Dahl during the sixth inning of the NL Wild Card Game between the Cubs and Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Freeland walked Ian Happ to lead off the inning before striking out Ben Zobrist. Next up was Kris Bryant, who hit a fly ball down the right field line. Dahl drifted over and seemed to be there, but he overran the ball and allowed it to drop for a single.

That put two runners on for the Cubs for the first time in the game and seemed to be the break the Cubs needed.

The misplayed ball, which officially counted as a single for Bryant, brought up Anthony Rizzo, who had homered in the team’s tiebreaker game against the Brewers a day earlier. Freeland promptly got Rizzo to ground into an inning-ending double play, ensuring Dahl’s mistake did not hurt the team.

Thanks to the timely double play, the Rockies maintained their 1-0 lead in the game.

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