Many players probably would have been looking for a breaking ball, but Yoenis Cespedes’ decision to look for a fastball on Tuesday night is the biggest reason the Red Sox were able to beat the Cincinnati Reds.
The Sox outfielder was buzzed by a high-and-tight fastball from Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, and he responded in the best way possible — by crushing a home run on the next pitch he saw. Baseball logic may have called for Cespedes to sit on the breaking pitch, but he instead looked for a fastball and Broxton gave him that fastball.
That turned out to be a poor decision, as Cespedes made him pay in a play that showcased the outfielder’s baseball acumen.
Hear him and Red Sox manager John Farrell talk about the big home run — Cespedes’ second go-ahead blast in as many games — in the video above.
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