What a wild, wild night
I’m going to keep this brief because I want to get to the good stuff: Holy crap, so much awesome stuff happened last night in baseball.
Trea Turner hit for the cycle against the Rockies for the second time in his career, becoming the 26th player in history with multiple cycles and the first to do it against the Colorado outside of Coors Field. Robinson Cano had his first career three-homer game at the age of 36, the oldest second baseman to ever hit three dingers in a game. The Tigers-Phillies game went 15 innings.
The Cubs and Giants played 13 innings before Pablo Sandoval golfed one out for the walk-off.
Mike Trout hit a ball all the way to Anaheim and threw a perfect 98 mph strike to nail a runner at home.
Kole Calhoun caught Cody Bellinger dead in the water for the final out of the game.
But the crown jewel of the day was an insane Yankees-Twins game that ended with what might have been the best catch of the year.
The Yankees trailed 8–2 before storming all the way back to take the lead on a Didi Gregorius double in the eighth, 10–9. That was the first of four lead changes in the final three innings. Miguel Sano’s two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth made it 11–10 in favor of Minnesota before Aaron Hicks (more on him later) put New York back on top, 12–11, with a homer of his own in the ninth. Jorge Polanco’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth sent the game to extras.
After the Yankees scored two in the top of the tenth, Adam Ottavino did his best to send the game to the 11th by walking three batters in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and two out, Chad Green was summoned to try to get the final out. That’s when Hicks did this:
“That was a do-or-die play that needed to be made to end the game,” Hicks said after the game.
“I just got a great jump. I had a feeling that a feeling that (Kepler) was going to hit it that way based on where (Yankees catcher Austin Romine) was set up,” he added. “I don’t know. I just had a hunch and I was able to get a good read and I was able to make the catch.”
You can’t complain about this being a dead period on the sports calendar when there’s stuff like that happening all in one night.
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