Yoenis Cespedes making a habit of gunning down runners with rocket arm (vid)
For the second night in a row, Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes showcased remarkable accuracy and incredible arm strength by gunning down yet another baserunner on an assist that was made more impressive due to his misplay corralling the ball in the first place.
Cespedes nailed Albert Pujols at third base, the A’s left fielder’s ninth assist of the season — as the Los Angeles Angels slugger foolishly attempted to challenge Cespedes’ arm by trying to stretch a double into a triple after Cespedes again misplayed the ball, allowing it to scoot along the warning track before he tracked it down in left-center field.
“I think Cespy’s starting to do that on purpose,” said A’s starter Tommy Milone, who gave up Pujols’ hit. “Bait them, then throw them out.”
While not as impressive of a throw as the one Cespedes uncorked to gun down Howie Kendrick on Tuesday night — A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson had to lunge to track down Cespedes’ throw before applying the tag on Pujols — it was nevertheless an extremely impressive putout.
“He’s got a few assists this year,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, via ESPN.com. “That was a tough throw he had to make tonight, and I’m sure that’s why Albert tried to run on him there. …
“Throwing it right on the money from a long way away on the fly was the only way he was going to get him, and he did it again. He never ceases to amaze.”
Even the Angels had some fun with the fact the strong-armed outfielder has started making a habit of killing the team’s rallies with his astounding assists.
Cespedes, I thought we discussed this already…
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 12, 2014
Cespedes also went to work with his bat on Wednesday, going 3-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored in Oakland’s 7-1 victory.
Sadly, there will be no repeat performance on Thursday, but only because the A’s enjoy a day off before hosting the New York Yankees for a three-game set.
So there’s always the weekend…