Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Just ask New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann.
During Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, McCann stepped up to the plate against flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Left-handed hitters have just a .112 batting average against Chapman over the last four years. But thanks to a defensive miscue, McCann recorded a hit against one of the game’s toughest pitchers.
McCann got jammed on a 100 mph fastball and popped up to short right field. But Cincinnati’s infield was playing in to cut down the potential winning runner at third, and right fielder Jay Bruce was at normal depth in the outfield.
It should have been an easy out, but the ball fell in for a hit to give the Yankees an improbable win.
Chapman did his job, but it just wasn’t enough for the Reds. After losing all three games at Yankee Stadium this past weekend, Cincinnati is probably more than thrilled to be leaving the Bronx.