2. Tyler Wade’s nice catch in right field
Yes, that’s New York Yankees middle infielder Tyler Wade … playing right field. The speedster was called upon in this one after Ryan LaMarre suffered what appeared to be a painful hamstring injury in the third inning when trying to beat out a grounder.
With Clint Frazier dealing with “neck stuff,” Aaron Hicks out for however long, Mike Tauchman now in San Francisco, and Aaron Judge DHing, there weren’t many other options. So Wade, who does have experience in the outfield, took over in right for the remainder of the game.
In addition to breaking the tie with an RBI triple in the sixth, Wade played a clean right field, and had a tricky fly ball hit to him in the top of the ninth. David Dahl, a lefty, was the pinch hitter for Jose Trevino. He took a Kluber offering low and in off the end of the bat and sent it into right field.
Again, another awkward hit when everyone’s nerves are as tense as can be. This one was definitely tough to judge off the bat, but good thing Wade has wheels. He took a bit of a circular route to get to it. It’s right here at the 3:09 mark:
Ummm … did that not look like a double right when Dahl put it in the air? Wade’s instincts kicked in. He went back first, then saw the ball dying a bit since it came off the end of the bat, and made his way back toward it down the line to snatch it out of mid-air.
Whew. One more out to go!