Win or lose, Atlanta Braves fans can almost always be assured they are going to be treated to some sort of great defensive play by shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Friday night against the Anaheim Angels, he made one of his better ones.
With the Braves leading 4-1 in the sixth inning, the Angels’ Josh Hamilton popped a ball into what looked to be a hole between shortstop and third base, but Simmons had other plans. Diving, fully extended to his right, the Braves shortstop snagged the ball after the first bounce, and then getting to his feet in the outfield grass, managed to throw out the speedy Hamilton at first.
Check out this video from MLB.com of the play.
A web gem, indeed.
Hamilton looked incredulous after the play (not shown in video), probably not only shocked that Simmons actually got to the ball, but managed to throw him out as well.
Of course, Simmons facial expression just said “another day at the office..ho-hum”.
Simmons is proving himself to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the game year after year, and is on this year’s All-Star ballot. Currently the Colorodo Rockies Troy Tulowitzki leads the NL voting at shortstop.
The Braves ended up winning the game 4-3, and some of that is thanks in part of Simmons’ amazing play. Braves fans are being treated to an incredible talent, and should enjoy it.
Atlanta and Anaheim will continue their series tonight at Turner Field in Atlanta, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm.