Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista made an improbable play during Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, and he pulled off something even more improbable by making the same play the very next day.
Bautista nabbed runners at first from right field two days in a row at Rogers Centre. Thursday’s 9-3 assist was only the 29th time that it’s happened in the MLB since 1990, so the chances of it happening again with the same two teams in the same park by the same right fielder were obviously slim.
The circumstances on Friday were much different, though. While Bautista’s play to get Royals designated hitter Billy Butler out at first on Thursday was unbelievably impressive, he got a little bit of luck the next day.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante hit a flare down the right field line, but he seemed to think it was going foul because he didn’t make a move toward first. Bautista slid to make the catch and missed, but by the time Infante realized what was happening, it was too late. Bautista recovered quickly and rocketed the ball to first for the out.
Check out both assists by Bautista in the video below.