The Los Angeles Angels won a dramatic extra-inning game Tuesday night, but there was a certain play during the 14-inning affair that had all of the attention. Angels star outfielder Mike Trout ripped a ball down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes gave chase and the ball later bounced off of his glove and into foul territory. Cespedes then gathered himself and recovered to throw a 300-foot heave to home plate, where A's catcher Derek Norris slapped the tag on the Angels Howie Kendrick who was trying to score from first base.
The play was then challenged by Los Angeles skipper, Mike Scioscia, but it was quickly confirmed that Kendrick was indeed out at the plate, and preserved a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning.
The Angels would eventually go on to defeat the A's by a final of 2-1 after Collin Cowgill's two-out home run in the bottom of the 14th inning.
This play was certainly special, and could possibly end up being one of the top plays of the season, but for Cespedes, it may have been just another play. It was Cespedes' eighth outfield assist of the year, which leads the major leagues.
As great as he has been defensively, Cespedes has been just as impressive offensively. In his first two years in the big leagues, Cespedes has hit 20 plus home runs, and drove in at least 80 runs both seasons. He is off to a good start so far in 2014 as well. Cespedes is on pace to have career-highs in both home runs and and RBIs. He currently has 12 homers and 40 RBIs this season.
Since coming over to the major leagues from Cuba, Cespedes has achieved plenty of milestones in his two-year career. He has helped lead Oakland to back-to-back American League West division titles, and the A's are currently in first place this year, and are holding onto the best record in the American League. Cespedes also won the 2013 home run derby last season, and it is likely that he may be headed to Minnesota to defend his crown this season.
Everything that went into the play made it so special. After Cespedes retrieved the ball in foul territory after it bounced off of his glove, to his ability to quickly re-establish himself after chasing it down, finally his airmailed throw to home plate to get Kendrick, who never slowed down at all rounding third base, have some people thinking that it could be ranked among the best defensive plays of all-time.
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