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Alcides Escobar takes away a hit, promptly has hit taken away by Wilmer Flores

Flores robs Escobar after Escobar robs Johnson

During the top of the fifth inning of World Series Game 1, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar made a great play to deny Mets DH Kelly Johnson of a base hit. He ranged to his right, fielded and fired a positively Jeterian jump throw to first in time for the out: 

Escobar throw

Alas, though his defense was slick, Escobar forgot the First Rule of Baseball Thermodynamics: For every defensive gem, there is an equal and opposite defensive gem. And so, in the very next half-inning, it fell upon Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores to restore the proper equilibrium by denying Escobar of a hit:

Flores play

Interestingly, Escobar's leadoff inside-the-park home run was also answered by Curtis Granderson's homer in the fifth inning, but Kansas City went on to walk off with a 5-4 win in 14 innings.

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