Orioles’ pickle blunder helps Ramírez get to third base

Jose Ramirez smiles after sliding safely into third base

Orioles games haven’t been a pleasant sight at times for Baltimore fans this season, as the team entered play Wednesday with the worst record in the American League. They’ve produced some lowlights, but the third inning in their game against Cleveland on Wednesday may have provided the most disheartening play of their season to date.

The O’s had Indians infielder José Ramírez caught in a pickle between first and second when, well, just watch.

Freddy Galvis forced Ramírez to run back to first before throwing the ball to Trey Mancini, who tried to throw it back to second but third baseman Maikel Franco didn’t get over in time. Ramírez then realized Franco had left the base wide open, so he took the free bag to end up at third with no outs in the frame.

At least the Orioles can take solace in the fact they aren’t the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have one more win on the season but also produced this play earlier this year.