Omar Infante’s peripheral vision was the critical component to what must be one of the best double plays turned by an infield this season.
The Royals trailed Detroit 1-0 Sunday when the Tigers’ Jose Iglesias opened the third inning with a single. He took second on a deep fly-out to center.
Ian Kinsler’s hot one-hopper was gloved by shortstop Christian Colon. The smart play is to get the out at first base, but Colon noticed Iglesias make a move toward third before beginning his retreat to second base.
Too late. Colon’s throw and Infante’s tag nabbed Iglesias. The lead runner was out. The Royals were ahead of the game. But…
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“When I started to put the tag on (Iglesias) I saw out of the corner of my eye where Kinsler was,” Infante said. “I thought I had a chance.”
Infante adjusted his arm angle, dropping lower to avoid second-base umpire Lance Barrett and got enough on the throw to nab Kinzler. First baseman Eric Hosmer made a nice pick on the play.
“I didn’t think we had a chance with Kinsler running, to be honest with you,” Colon said. “When I saw Omar throw it, I thought that was a pretty nice double play.”
Royals manager Ned Yost hadn’t seen one better.
“I don’t know if there’s been a better double play this year,” he said.