Mike Trout is a mean, mean man – or, at least, that’s what Leonys Martin must think. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning of a tie ballgame, Leonys Martin stepped up to the plate with ambition in his heart and fire in his eyes.
Then, on the very first pitch, Martin lifted the ball to deep center field, and – for a few fleeting moments – was on top of the world, a hero.
Somehow, Trout immediately runs to the exact location, and sets up camp under this towering fly ball. Standing under it, he times it out, leaps, makes the catch, robs the home run, and ruins Martin’s day. According to Statcast, his route had more than a 97% efficiency rating, after he covered 81.5 feet at 19.0 MPH.
Martin may have gotten an RBI on the sacrifice, but I’m guessing he had a lot more planned for that ball than that. Mike Trout strikes again.