A quick-thinking Matt Chapman improvised on a slow grounder, and it cost Andrew Benintendi
A's third baseman Matt Chapman may be relatively new to MLB, but the 25-year-old is well on his way to attaining a reputation as one of the most adept defenders around. His exploits were put on display again in the first inning of Tuesday's A's-Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and it caught Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi by surprise. With two outs and two on, Xander Bogaerts hit a chopper up the third-base line, and Chapman knew he couldn't make the play at first. Instead, he did this:
Whether that was a true "deke" is unclear -- it does appear as if Chapman looked back to shortstop Marcus Semien before running toward Benintendi, who was caught in no man's land -- but what is totally clear is how much of a heads-up play it was.