Fireworks confuse Milledge on double

Fireworks confuse Milledge on double

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates outfielder Lastings Milledge was taking some good-natured ribbing from teammates following the Pirates' 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Milledge thought he had hit his first home run of the season in the in the bottom of the fourth inning. But the ball actually hit the bottom of the fence in left field and Milledge was thrown out rounding the bases.

He was credited with a two-run double.

"I think that was the most exciting double in PNC Park history," Milledge said sheepishly. "It was my fault, and I didn't look at the ball. I was running hard, making sure that I had a double, and I looked up and all the fireworks were going off and I had a lapse for a second.

"It was totally my fault, but what an exciting double. I had a lapse for a second and got caught in the moment. I never thought that it didn't go out because the music was playing and the fireworks. But clearly it didn't go out, it was a double, and I've got to go in the weight room in the morning."