In the event you think that Indians catcher Carlos Santana is all bat, feast your eyes on what he does to napping runners hanging out down in no-man’s land at second base.
There is just something, I dunno, dominating about a catcher throwing out a base runner like that. Not on steals — that’s a normal reaction play we see often — but when they seem to say “Uh-uh, you do NOT wander off the bag that far when I’m back here!”
(Thanks to Joe L. for the head’s up)
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.