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Santander honored for spectacular double play

@SlangsOnSports
June 10, 2019

Anthony Santander entered Monday having played in just four games for the Orioles this season, but he’s already making an impact. Major League Baseball honored Santander with its Play of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason for his home run-robbing catch and subsequent double play in the Orioles’ 4-1

Anthony Santander entered Monday having played in just four games for the Orioles this season, but he’s already making an impact. Major League Baseball honored Santander with its Play of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason for his home run-robbing catch and subsequent double play in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the Astros in Houston on Saturday.

Santander, playing in just his third game of the year, tracked down Yuli Gurriel’s sixth-inning fly ball to right-center field and pulled it back from over the wall. But it wasn’t just Santander's catch that drew raves -- he quickly threw to Trey Mancini at first base to double up Michael Brantley, ending the frame.

With one out in the inning when Gurriel stepped to the plate and Derek Fisher on third base, one run did score on the play, but if not for Santander’s catch, the Orioles would’ve been looking at a 3-1 deficit with still just one out instead of a 1-1 tie.

Santander is the first Orioles player to win the award in its inaugural season. The award has been won by an outfielder in all but two weeks this season.

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.