Clippers, Mud Hens combine for bizarre ground game

Talk about a ground out.

The Columbus Clippers and Toledo Mud Hens produced one of baseball’s most unique games on Wednesday night.

In the bottom of the second, Clippers third baseman Ernie Clement grounded an 0-1 pitch from Joey Wentz….


Clement seemed startled by the boxed-in ball and stepped to the first, thought Mud Hens catcher Dustin Garneau was on top of it and tapped Clement out.

The piece seemed to stun everyone, including the broadcast team.

“Clement, by the time he settled … it wasn’t even … are you kidding?” said the team’s play-by-play announcer as he watched the game. “Looking at the replay here, the ball didn’t bounce at all. Burying it in the infield dirt. A third of that ball is submerged!”

The Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, won 4-0 against the Clippers, the Cleveland Guardians of MLB’s top minor league team.

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