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.
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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.