Who knows? If Lorenzo Cain doesn’t make this catch, then perhaps Yordano Ventura gets pulled in the first inning and we would have been spared the ugliness of Tuesday’s Royals-Orioles brawl.
Ventura allowed four runs in the first inning of the 9-1 loss, but it could have been six if not for Cain’s stunning catch on a ball hit by Pedro Alvarez.
Cain stole a home run and got the Statcast treatment* from MLB.com.
*I’m surprised that Cain’s route efficiency wasn’t higher than 98.1 percent. As Rex Hudler noted, Cain seemed to run to the spot where the ball cleared the wall and pulled it back.
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Cain said it was one of the better catches he's ever made.
"It ranks pretty high," Cain told reporters after the game. "I just tried to get back and make a play. They did a great job of swinging the bats tonight, so I just tried to do everything possible to make plays tonight."
Cain nearly robbed another home run in the fifth inning, but Chris Davis' blast just eluded him.
"It hit off my glove," Cain said, "I should have caught it."