Michael Chavis hit a game-tying home run in the eighth before perpetrating a defensive wonder and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th. He sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Thursday in PNC Park, Pennsylvania. Chavis’ solo dagger made it 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.
The PNC Park audience witnessed the Pirates throw away their 4-run lead to Chicago Cubs only to watch them only to transpire a victory in the 10th, winning 8-7. But to complete that particular victorious stretch, sliding on his stomach on the home plate was Ke’Bryan Hayes. He did win the game for the Pittsburgh Pirates but he also thrust his left shoulder into catcher Willson Contreras to do so.
No one knew what to do, there were fireworks going up in the celebration of the Pirates’ victory but on the home plate, there were trainers running in to check if Ke’Bryan Hayes was doing okay. Michael Chavis only received a few bittersweet high-fives as the entire team had an emotion of concern towards Hayes and his shoulder.
Michael Chavis experiences a cumbersome walk-off as his teammate Ke’Bryan Hayes hurts his shoulder
“I’ve had a couple of walk-offs in my career,” Michael Chavis said. “I’m not sure if I ever had an awkward walk-off. Usually, they’re pretty celebratory. That was definitely one of the more in-between ones.”
To which the Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton added: “I think it went from a walk-off enthusiasm to about as hushed of a crowd as you can get for a walk-off.”
He then justified the reactions, “That’s a borderline play. I don’t think there’s anything dirty there, it was an aggressive baseball play. It was an aggressive slide by Ke’Bryan. I don’t think there was any intent at all on that play.”
Michael Chavis and the team did have a sigh of relief as they saw Ke’Bryan Hayes leave the field without any assistance after the play, but his status has yet to be determined. Manager Derek Shelton said following the game that Hayes was being examined, but he seemed to be in a better spot than he was right after the collision.
When asked about Willson Contreras’ positioning when Hayes was incoming, Derek Shelton said he didn’t believe there was any malice on the backstop’s part.