Alcides Escobar’s glove work has been sensational all season, and especially the last week. His diving stop and long-distance backhanded flip to get a force out at second base in Friday night’s victory over the St. Louis Cardinals may have been his best throw of the season.
On Sunday, Escobar nearly made the catch of the year — with his bare hand.
In the eighth inning, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a soft pop-up that appeared destined to fall between Escobar and left fielder Alex Gordon.
But at the last moment, Escobar reached up and got his hand on the ball, only to have it glance off and fall for a two-RBI single.
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“I couldn’t reach it with my glove,” Escobar said after the game. “That was almost a nice play. If I had gotten it, they’d have said, ‘That one was the best.’”
Finally, a Cards outfield error
The Royals got their only run of the game in the fifth inning, when Salvador Perez’s single drove in Alex Gordon from second. Gordon had reached on a ball that was misplayed by Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos.
It was the first error by a Cardinals outfielder since June 11, 2014, a span of 140 games.
Probables in New York
Jeremy Guthrie, who is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last three starts, is scheduled to start Monday’s opener against the New York Yankees against Nathan Eovaldo (3-1, 4.73). First pitch is 12:10 p.m. Central. The game will be televised by ESPN and Fox Sports Kansas City.
Tuesday night, Danny Duffy (2-3, 5.87) looks to end his three-game skid against Adam Warren (2-3, 4.26), at 6:05 p.m. Central on FSKC. On Wednesday afternoon, Chris Young (4-0, 0.78) is set to face off against Michael Pineda (5-2, 3.59) at 12:05 p.m. Central on FSKC.