Alcides Escobar Uses Some Slick Moves to Avoid the Tag During a Rundown (Video)
Here’s something we don’t get to say very often: Wednesday night’s late-September matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals has serious implications for the AL Wild Card race. Seriously. The Tribe came in trailing the Rangers for the second Wild Card spot by .5 games, with the Royals hot on their trail at just 3.5 games back.
With the race that close, you know the games are going to be hard-fought. Still, nobody really expected the Royals to have to fight this hard for runs.
In the top of the 5th last night with runners on the corners, one out, and the Royals up 3-2, KC outfielder Alex Gordon got caught in a rundown between first and second base. When that happens with a runner on third, the fielding team obviously has to keep a close eye on the other runner so that they don’t give up a run while trying to get the guy at first out.
The Indians did just that. They managed the rundown between first and second about as well as any manager could hope and eventually got the runner at third, Alcides Escobar, in a run-down. Perfect situation for Cleveland.
But that’s when things turned. It turns out that Escobar has some football running back in him, because as Indians catcher Yan Gomes was running at him to apply the tag, he did a little shake and bake, avoided it, and ran on home to make it 4-2.
It was like some nutso Little League baseball play, and it was awesome. Take a look: