Two days ago, the Mets right fielder, Michael Conforto, made an astounding 94+ MPH throw from the outfield to nab Jake Arrieta at the plate.
His charge was aggressive, but he fielded it cleanly and the throw was perfect, in both strength and accuracy. In short, Conforto definitely saved a run – and potentially the game – on what looked like the play of the week, but the series wasn’t over yet.
Just one day later, the Cubs and Mets lined up from the series finale, and Jason Heyward made an even crazier, even harder, even more impressive throw to get James Loney at the plate from center field, save a run and end the inning. It just so happens that’s the first highlight for today:
1. With two on and two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was in what was his biggest jam of the game. Kelly Johnson stepped up to the plate and hit a rocket line drive in to center field – the type of line drive that scores the runner from second 9 times out of 10. Of course, that 1 time out of 10 is saved for Jason Heyward. Heyward made a 98.9 MPH throw (no, seriously, he did) from center field to get the runner, Loney. Check it out:
YOU SHALL NOT PASS.https://t.co/eYPVxzwKIB
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 20, 2016
2. In the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday, the Nationals’ Danny Espinosa took his lead off of first, as Trea Turner took a few steps away from third. With a lefty on the mound, Espinosa got a bit too greedy in his distance from the bag and Dodgers’ pitcher Luis Avilan caught him in a run down. However, Turner wasn’t content with the Nationals six-run lead and was not going to let the inning to end like that … so he stole home:
3. Hanley Ramirez had himself a day yesterday, leading the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants with three home runs and six RBI in just five plate appearances. The homers were number 9, 10, and 11 for Ramirez, and went to each of left, center, and right field. And even though we are well into the season, Ramirez’s performance was so good, that the homers raised his OPS 38 points by the time the night was over – .775 before the game to .813 afterwords. Check out each of them below:
Oh, and also …
- Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs yesterday, for a combined 887 feet
- The Mariners sent it to extras and walked it off with a couple of home runs
- Bryce Harper ensured his 4th 20-homer season with a monster 451′ shot to right
What you may have missed:
- Josh Harrison walked it off for the Pirates, with an inside-the-park little-league home run
- Jose Altuve sings “I Want It That Way” by the Back Street Boys
- Last Night’s Highlights