Francisco Lindor pulled a Houdini and somehow escaped a rundown
Francisco Lindor has proven himself to be a remarkable talent in just his third season in the Majors. At the age of 23, he has already been an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, an MVP contender, and, of course, the starting shortstop for an American League champion. Lindor is a magician with the glove, but fans might not have realized that his wizardry extends to the basepaths, as well.
During the eighth inning of Cleveland's eventual 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Indians tried to muster a rally. They had Carlos Santana on second and Roberto Perez on third with no one out for Lindor, who cracked a base hit into right field.
Perez scored easily, but the Indians ran into a jam when the throw home was cut off with Lindor between first and second. He decided to get into a rundown that would allow Santana to score. To be safe himself, however, Lindor needed to pull off a dodge that would make Muhammad Ali proud.
Since Lindor was forced to avoid Devon Travis, umpire Vic Carapazza called interference, allowing Lindor to advance to second base. Nothing else came from Cleveland's rally, but Lindor's moves were still mesmerizing.
He must have been taking lessons from the Pirates' Josh Harrison, who has also escaped a few rundowns in his career.
Maybe the quote should be "Float like a baserunner, sting like a bee."