Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a pinch-runner stealing home. In fact, the last time it happened before Thursday was 1985. Trailing 5-0 to the Cincinnati Reds, the Colorado Rockies tied the game in the eighth on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki‘s sixth dinger in seven games. Sent in to pinch run for Jason Giambi, Rox rookie Chris Nelson was on third base and third baseman Melvin Mora on first with still only one down in the inning.
With Reds third baseman Scott Rolen playing off the bag and righty reliever Nick Masset staring down at the mound, Nelson misread a suicide squeeze sign and broke for the plate full force for his first stolen bag. Masset hearing calls from teammates Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto to step off the rubber so he could throw home, spun around and assumed that Mora was trying to steal second. By the time Masset realized his predicament, Nelson already scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run, leading the Rox to a four-game sweep over the Reds in Denver.