Talk about making lemonade out of lemons.
A fielding error in the eighth inning of a tied ballgame last night, Tuesday, June 10, by Oakland Athletics' OF Yoenis Cespedes looked like it was going to cost the A's the ballgame against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
But then Cespedes did the impossible. Well, apparently, the improbable. And, in case you didn't stay up late enough to see this craziness, here's what happened:
Cespedes bobbled a line drive hit to left field by the Angels' Mike Trout late in the 1-1 ballgame, with Howie Kendrick rounding third and cruising towards home to put Los Angeles up 2-1. But instead of giving up on the play, Cespedes barehanded the careening ball and fired a no-hop rocket to catcher Derrick Norris that landed right into his glove for an easy tag on Kendrick.
The unbelievable play seemed too incredible to be true, and was promptly challenged by the Angels. But the TV replays clearly showed that Norris had tagged Kendrick well before any part of him touched home plate, and the umpires upheld the out.
Thus, securing Cespedes' place in the annals of baseball history.
Cespedes' throw out comes on the heels of two incredible days of major league baseball highlights. On Monday, the Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall went 5-5 with three home runs and nine RBIs in one game. A feat that that would have been the highlight of the week in the MLB on just about any other week other than one where an outfielder picks up a ball with his bare hand from 300 feet away and guns a runner out at home.
And, in case you were wondering if Cespedes heroics sealed the deal for the Athletics, it did not. The Angels' Colin Cowgill ruined the storybook ending in the 14th inning with a home run that won the game for Los Angeles.