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Wild pitch by Washington Nationals pitcher bounces over screen (video)


It is not uncommon for balls to travel over the protective screen behind home plate, but usually that happens when a lazy, high foul pop-up comes off the bat of the hitter, not caroming sky-high after a wacky bounce during a wild pitch by an erratic pitcher.

But that exact situation occurred on Tuesday night when Washington Nationals relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez’s wild pitch bounced in front of home plate, took an absolutely crazy bounce and ricocheting off catcher Kurt Suzuki’s shin guard before flying over the backstop/protective screen, ending all the way up in the President’s Club at Nationals Park.

Via @recordsANDradio, by way of D.C. Sports Bog:

Was that a baseball or a superball? Made out of Flubber, perhaps?

For what it’s worth, despite the bizarre play, Rodriguez had a sparkling turn on the mound Tuesday, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out two in Washington’s 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. So that’s nice.