To facilitate Jackie Bradley, Jr. staying in the game after pinch-running, Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi moved from center field to left field in the bottom of the eighth of Monday night’s game against the Rays. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision on manager John Farrell’s part.
With a runner on first base and no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Steven Souza, Jr. hit what appeared to be a two-run home run off of David Price. Benintendi, though, covered some serious ground at Tropicana Field, chasing the ball all the way to the 315 marker on the wall down the left field line. Benintendi timed his jump and snagged the ball from beyond the fence, his momentum nearly taking him over.
It’ll be interesting to see the Statcast data on that one. By the eyeball test, it appears to be one of the best plays you’ll see all year.
The Red Sox beat the Rays 6-2.
Today in odd injury news: Dodgers outfielder Josh Reddick, who wasn’t in the starting lineup on Saturday or Monday, injured his right middle finger when he got it caught in a hotel door after ordering room service, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Dodgers recently completed a seven-game road trip which took them through Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
Reddick had a good sense of humor about it, quipping, “This is rock bottom.”
The Dodgers acquired Reddick along with Rich Hill from the Athletics in exchange for Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes. In 71 plate appearances as a Dodger, the 29-year-old Reddick has hit a paltry .152/.211/.167.
The Dodgers have signed pitcher Dan Johnson to a minor league contract, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports. Johnson will report to Double-A Tulsa. He has spent the season in the Atlantic League and the American Association, both independent baseball leagues.
Johnson, 37, spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues as a first baseman, batting .234/.335/.405 with 57 home runs and 203 RBI. One of Johnson’s most memorable moments came in late September of 2011 when, as a pinch-hitter, he hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Rays would go on to walk off 8-7 winners. The win allowed them to sneak into the playoffs as Wild Card winners.
In the independent leagues as a hitter this season, Johnson batted an aggregate .236/.329/.424 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI in 286 plate appearances. As a pitcher, he compiled a 5.92 ERA with a 55/50 K/BB ratio in 76 innings.
Wolfson did a story on Johnson last month for KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate for the Twin Cities. The story features video of Johnson throwing his knuckleball.