If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about this ad nauseam, but it is my duty to share this and spread the Gospel of Andrelton Simmons as far and as wide as possible. Someone on YouTube did yeoman’s work and put together 25-plus minutes of defensive highlights involving the Braves shortstop during the 2013 season.
You’ll want to watch this video with a box of tissues nearby. Because his defense will make you cry. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
My favorite play of the whole montage, also depicted in the image to the right, occurs at 2:28.
Simmons went home with both a National League Gold Glove at shortstop and a Platinum Glove, both well-deserved. It’s going to be fun watching him play defense over the years.
Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:
Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.
The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.
The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.