Some people never learn. You DO NOT run on Yoenis Cespedes. No matter how frisky you feel or how confident you are, he is lurking. He will get you!
Apparently Willie Bloomquist and the Seattle Mariners didn’t get that memo about the Boogeyman lurking in left field for Oakland.
Bloomquist led off the eighth inning with an infield single, then was sacrificed to second base with the Mariners already up 3-0 and looking for insurance. Endy Chavez singled to left, setting the stage for Cespedes to do what he does best. Throw out those still brave enough to run on him.
The Mariners ended up getting their insurance anyway on a three run home run by second baseman Robinson Cano later in the inning en route to a 6-2 victory. The inning could have gone much worse if not for the right arm of Cespedes.
Cespedes picked up his major league leading 11th outfield assist of the season already.
In just two and a half seasons, Cespedes has racked up 30 outfield assists already. Nearly all of them are worthy of a slot on the highlight reel for the night.
He still has a long ways to go to tie the single season record of 50 set by Orator Shafer in 1879, but as far as modern players go, his arm is up there with the best of them.