For Pete's Sake

On his dash home, Lorenzo Cain picked up speed as he rounded the bases

Lorenzo Cain celebrated after scoring in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on a hit by Eric Hosmer.
Lorenzo Cain celebrated after scoring in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on a hit by Eric Hosmer. skeyser@kcstar.com

There was so much to take in from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

The blown save in the eighth inning. The rain delay. The Royals taking the lead on Lorenzo Cain’s dash around the bases. Wade Davis’ ninth-inning performance.

Statcast broke down Cain’s run from first to home on Eric Hosmer’s single in the eighth inning. It was obviously aided by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista’s bad decision to throw to second base.

But here’s the thing about Cain’s play: He ran faster as he approached a subsequent base. Fast from first to second. Faster from second to third. Fastest of all going from third to home. You’d think that maybe he’d slow a bit heading home, but nope.

Take a look:

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