Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Canadian fakin': Goins uses hidden ball trick

Infielder fakes throw to pitcher, catches Todd Frazier off second base
MLB.com @gregorMLB

TORONTO -- Try, and if you don't succeed, try, try again. That's Ryan Goins' motto when it comes to the hidden ball trick, and for once, he finally pulled it off.

Goins has attempted the sneaky move many times throughout his career, and on Friday night at Rogers Centre, he tried it at the right time, against the right player. Goins caught Todd Frazier napping at second base and later capped an impressive night with a grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win over the Yankees.

Full Game Coverage

TORONTO -- Try, and if you don't succeed, try, try again. That's Ryan Goins' motto when it comes to the hidden ball trick, and for once, he finally pulled it off.

Goins has attempted the sneaky move many times throughout his career, and on Friday night at Rogers Centre, he tried it at the right time, against the right player. Goins caught Todd Frazier napping at second base and later capped an impressive night with a grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-1 win over the Yankees.

Full Game Coverage

• Goins sneaky enough to pull it off

"I just mess around with it sometimes and, finally, for the first time, it worked out," Goins said. "Something told me just to do it. Honestly, it was more to mess around, and then when it works out, all you can do is smile really."

Video: NYY@TOR: Extended cut of Goins' hidden ball trick

The play took place in the top of the third inning after Jacoby Ellsbury hit a deep fly ball to right field. Jose Bautista made a running grab and then fired the ball back into the infield. Goins caught the ball at second base and faked a throw to pitcher Marco Estrada, which was when Frazier momentarily turned his back and stepped off the bag.

Second-base umpire Mark Carlson was watching the entire time and immediately raised his fist for an out call when Goins applied the tag. Frazier was accountable and frustrated with himself after the game for letting it happen, especially since he has tried the same move on baserunners in the past.

Video: NYY@TOR: Blue Jays and Yankees on hidden ball trick

"Just a bonehead play by me, to be honest with you, because I try and do that, too," Frazier said. "I thought the ball was thrown in. Just one of those things, nothing you can do about it afterwards. It's just one of those things where you have to have a little better mindset of understanding what's going on in the game. Just not a good play on my part."

Goins' grand slam in the bottom of the sixth broke the game wide open by increasing Toronto's lead to 8-1. The 29-year-old certainly isn't known for his bat, but he has been making the most of his opportunities this season. Goins currently sits fifth on the team with 59 RBIs.

Video: NYY@TOR: Goins uncorks a monster grand slam to right

A big reason behind the high number is how he has performed with the bases loaded. The grand slam marked his 10th hit in 14 opportunities with the bases full, which leads the Major Leagues and ties Carlos Delgado for the most in one season. Goins became the first shortstop in franchise history to hit two grand slams in the same season, and he is just the fifth player to hit a grand slam on an 0-2 count.

The fact that it came against Masahiro Tanaka is even more impressive, considering Goins was 0-for-22 off the Yankees right-hander prior to that at-bat.

"I think the numbers are pretty clear," Goins said of Tanaka. "I've never gotten a ball out of the infield off Tanaka, much less in the air. ... I just told myself to try to get a good pitch and not make another out. That would have made it 0-for-23 with about 10 ground balls back to the pitcher. I wasn't as confident, I can tell you that."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Todd Frazier, Ryan Goins