Gillaspie was on first base after a leadoff single in the second inning with second baseman Gordon Beckham at the plate. Beckham hit a fly ball into foul territory down the left field line. That is when Gillaspie feel asleep at the wheel.
Now that is something you don’t see every day!
Aviles is a shortstop/third baseman by trade, so you know he has a good arm. Still, he threw a perfect strike from over 200 feet away!
The Indians have had to find places for Aviles to play all over the field since the return of second baseman Jason Kipnis from the disabled list. Aviles filled in at second base with Kipnis out, and hit well enough that the Indians have found ways to keep him in the lineup.
Of course, making defensive plays like that sure don’t hurt his cause any!
Yan Gomes‘ RBI single in the home half of the second inning has put Cleveland up 1-0 right now. Aviles is partially to thank for that by starting a 7-3 rally killing double play in the second inning.
A win today would put Cleveland back at .500 heading into the All Star break.