John Gibbons got creative with his defensive alignment on Saturday night, orchestrating an extreme infield shift against designated hitter Carlos Santana in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson played at short, while shortstop Troy Tulowitzki played short right field to keep Santana from pulling any extra bases. Santana, a left-handed hitter with a .256/.364/.541 slash line against right-handed pitching in 2016, took the first strike he saw from Marco Estrada and drove it up the third base line to a nonexistent third baseman.
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If ever there were an argument to be made in favor of bunts — those against the shift, those with no runners on, those to start a playoff series — this would be it.