Brandon Crawford and Brandon Hicks combined to turn a rather beautiful double play for the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field last night. The Brandon double play, ended a bases loaded threat at a key stage in the game.
Crawford made a rather sublime and inventive glove flip to Hicks, who made a slick bare handed grab and throw to first baseman Mike Morse to complete the 6-4-3 double play. The two Brandons are starting to make a habit of making amazing defensive plays.
Hicks, who is covering for the injured Marco Scutaro, is primarily an offensive player. However, so far this season, Hicks has proved valuable on defense, too. According to fangraphs, Hicks has already saved five defensive runs and has put away 96% of routine plays, 75% of likely plays and 67% of even plays, collating for a .978 fielding percentage.
Crawford, who’s glove is highly touted, has really upped his game so far this season. Surprisingly, Crawford has only saved two runs defensively, but anyone who follows the San Francisco will be fully aware of the impact Crawford has had on the team.
Crawford has committed only four errors, and has made 97% of routine plays, 40% of even plays and an amazing 50% unlikely plays. It isn’t hard to understand why the Giants are so high on Crawford, and his glove.
If the Giants are indeed going to return to the postseason this year, Crawford and Hicks will both be crucial.