Last night, the Boston Red Sox beat down on the Texas Rangers by a final score of 11-4. And one man, Andrew Benintendi, may have had the game of his life.
First and foremost, he went 5-5 at the plate with not one, but two home runs (his 11th and 12th of the season). Before the game started, Benintendi had a respectable .276/.352/.431 slash line, which was just barely above average (101 wRC+).
After the night was over, however, he added twelve points to his batting average, nine to his OBP, and 34 (!) points to his slugging percentage … in freakin’ July. His new slash line, then, is awful pretty: .288/.361/.465.
But despite that crazy success at the plate, that may not have been the most impressive part of his night. Instead, that has to be this utterly ridiculous catch in left field to rob Mike Napoli of extra bases:
That is one of the craziest and most impressive catches I’ve seen this season.
And if you check out the full version here at MLB.com (which includes some other angles and slow-motion takes), you’ll see my favorite part: Mike Napoli looking like he’s going to tip his cap, but instead just frustratingly chucking his helmet.
What an unbelievable day.