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MLB: Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes misses first base, loses homer

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Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes may have been so excited to hit a first-inning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday that he forgot to touch first base.

And now that first-inning homer no longer appears in the box score.

The Dodgers said Hayes missed first base and called for an appeal. The umpires agreed.

The fly ball to right field off starter Walker Buehler hit the foul pole and would have given Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

Hayes, 24, has been riding a hot streak, hitting .348 with two home runs entering only his seventh game of 2021. He was 7-for-18 (.389) since returning from the injured list on Thursday.

A first-round pick of the Pirates in 2015, Hayes sustained a wrist injury in his second game this season after hitting a home run on Opening Day.

In his second at-bat Tuesday night, Hayes singled to center, but he ran into an inning-ending double play while trying to advance on Bryan Reynolds’ flyout to left field.

–Field Level Media

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