What happens when you mix excellent speed with impressive instincts?
You get Mookie Betts.
Betts showed off both his tools and his baseball sense Saturday in the Boston Red Sox’s 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The 22-year-old outfielder, who homered in the first inning, scored all the way from second base in the fifth inning on a ball hit about five feet in front of home plate.
Betts saw Royals catcher Salvador Perez charged out from behind the dish on a softly hit dribbler by Dustin Pedroia. Thus, he pushed the envelope, turned on the jets and hustled his way to a run.
Betts has been on fire for the Red Sox of late. Unfortunately for Boston, his solid effort Saturday was wasted, as Rick Porcello imploded in the bottom of the fifth inning.