Dee Gordon thrusted himself into the All-Star Game spotlight when he pinch-ran for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and scored the tying run on a Jonathan Lucroy RBI double.
Statcast tracked Gordon’s speed hitting upwards of 20 MPH as he rounded the bases, which is nothing new for the MLB leader in stolen bases. However, Gordon has also proven on multiple occasions this season there’s more to his game than speed.
With two outs in the sixth inning and the National League trailing 5-3, Gordon robbed the Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley of a base hit.
Playing on the edge of the outfield grass, Gordon went to his left and then into a sliding stop to field the ball and he quickly popped up to throw to first base for the final out — he was aided by Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman stretching to keep a foot on the bag.
The play was reminiscent of another play on the outfield grass Gordon made against the San Diego Padres.
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