In the first inning of Sunday’s Pirates-Brewers matinee, Pittsburgh infielder Josh Harrison made a one-handed grab on an Orlando Arcia line drive up the middle, then caught Keon Broxton off the bag to turn two. The double play was a boon for left-hander Steven Brault, who allowed Broxton a leadoff double and was one line drive away from handing the Brewers their first run of the game.
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It’s not the first time we’ve seen an outstanding play from the second baseman. Heading into Sunday, Harrison ranks sixth among major league second basemen with 79 double plays and fourth with seven Total Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in 2016. His speed and pop at the plate only up his appeal, with 19 stolen bases on the season and a not-terrible .275/.303/.375 batting line. He’s also working a 10-game on-base streak, which was extended this afternoon on a leadoff single against Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson in the bottom of the first.
The Pirates are looking to avoid the sweep in this afternoon’s division match-up and sit just 2.5 games back of a wild card spot.