not sure he's trying to do that, his line of sight to the runner was blocked and he kind of just swung while facing down. but yea it's a hit and run
Looks like he's simply trying to protect one of his base runners there by distracting the catcher, and based on the catcher's follow through on that throw,
What does it matter? According to some, they don't really have any effect on the team.
In his defense, that could easily look like a strike from certain angles. For example, the left field bleachers if you don't have binoculars.
By "burned" and "fiasco", do you mean they got a player even better than they were hoping?
this is simply amazing