Salvador Perez's split-second swipe tag to nab Brandon Belt was aided by Belt's own foot
We've all seen those moments in which a runner finds an inventive way to avoid a tag. Maybe he makes a deceptive "swim move" to curl his body around the incoming fielder's glove, or maybe he just swipes away the glove.
In Tuesday's Giants-Royals matchup at Kauffman Stadium (won by San Francisco, 2-1, in 11 innings),
Belt tried to score a two-out run in the top of the sixth inning on a grounder up the middle by
After the game, Royals starter
"I don't know how Salvy hung on to that ball. Nine out of 10 times that ball gets kicked loose. Strong hands. Definitely the play of the game."
That's an unlikely confluence of events, no? And as a result, Mondesi gets an assist, Perez gets credit for a great tag and Belt gets ... well, he's the victim of circumstance (not to mention his enormous size-15 shoes, a crucial element in the success of Perez's tag).