Cardinals minor leaguer left red-faced after flipping bat and rounding bases ... on a flyout

St. Louis Cardinals minor league Delvin Pérez didn't hit a home run in the sixth inning on Thursday. That was new to Delvin Pérez.
Pérez faced the Atlanta Braves-linked Gwinnett Stripers in Triple-A and crushed a ball to left field in what was usually a home run most nights. It had the exit velocity, it had the hangtime, it had the sound. Spectators had every reason to be surprised when the wind knocked the ball over and it fell into the glove of Stripers left fielder Justyn-Henry Malloy.
Unfortunately, that group didn't include Pérez, who on the replay stared at the ball for a few seconds before concluding he'd walked out onto the court, flipped his racquet and turned his head down to start running the bases to begin with.
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He didn't seem to realize he was outside until he rounded third base when his dugout brought him the bad news. Pérez stopped just short of home plate before raising his arms in shock.
Absolutely brutal.
It's been a difficult season overall for Pérez, who made the top 100 prospects list after being called up in 2017 but has since struggled on his way into the big leagues. The 23-year-old hit .226/.319/.319 with five homers in 93 games between Memphis and Double-A Springfield on Thursday.
Delvin Pérez thought he had a home run. He did not. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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