By now, you’ve probably familiarized yourself with Kevin Kiermaier‘s extensive body of defensive work. The Rays’ speedy center fielder can catch just about anything hit in his general direction, and when he’s not emulating Spider-Man on the outfield fences, often showcases his skills with a series of leaps, dives and strategic falls.
Friday’s face-off against the Astros went much the same way. In the second inning, Astros’ catcher Brian McCann hit a fly ball to deep center field, which would have easily gone for a double had Kiermaier not been at the wall to snare it:
From another angle:
Given Kiermaier’s highlight reel-worthy plays and a combined 61.3 DEF (defensive value based on fielding runs and positional adjustment, as calculated by FanGraphs) over the past three years, it’s probably not too early to assume the 26-year-old is in line for his third consecutive Gold Glove award this season, right?
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.