Even your cat is impressed with Alcides Escobar's reflexes on this double play off a 111-mph line drive
If big players make big plays on the big stage, then Alcides Escobar is very clearly a big player. The Royals shortstop got fully horizontal to turn a crucial double play in the early going of Game 2 of the ALCS.
Yordano Ventura was in a bit of a jam after the Blue Jays led off the second inning with back-to-back singles from Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Colabello. After Ventura sat Troy Tulowitzki down on strikes, Russell Martin stepped in to try to break the scoreless tie.
With the count full, Ventura reared back and hurled a 97-mph fastball that came off Martin's bat even hotter. Luckily for the Royals, Escobar used every inch of his 6-foot-1 frame to lay out and snag the Statcast™-estimated 111-mph line drive. The ball was tattooed so hard that Encarnacion never had a chance to even consider the possibility that Escobar could reach it, so the shortstop easily flipped to Ben Zobrist covering second to complete the double play:
And that play proved to be clutch, too, as it allowed the Royals to hang around until a little outfield miscommunication by the Jays led to a seventh-inning rally for the home team. The Royals won Game 2, 6-3, to take a 2-0 series lead.
You can watch Marcus Stroman and Johnny Cueto square off in Game 3 on Monday at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.