Don’t question Lorenzo Cain’s toughness, especially not in the postseason. The Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder nearly made the catch of the playoffs.
It’s remarkable to see baseball players go all-out come playoff time. Sure, professionals always care about their craft, but they’re unlikely to risk injury to this degree if everything isn’t on the line.
In the playoffs, your season could be over in a matter of days.
Cain understands this fact. When Adam Duvall of the Braves drilled a line drive to right-center field, Cain crashed into the outfield fence with such force most onlookers assumed he’d be forced to come out of the game.
Instead, he stayed in.
That’s an arm injury or shoulder dislocation waiting to happen. Instead, Cain nearly made the catch of his life.
Milwaukee Brewers: Lorenzo Cain is a force defensively
Cain isn’t an All-Star level player at the plate anymore, but he’s an above-average defender with postseason experience. He’s just a few seasons removed from a gold glove, and he can still make up a ton of ground in the outfield when necessary.
As he showed on that play, Cain chased down Duvall’s line drive quicker than seemingly possible.
The Brewers and Braves are tied at a game apiece entering Game 3. In what’s been an exceptionally close series, both teams have relied heavily on their pitching. With Ian Anderson and Freddy Peralta on the bump Monday, that hasn’t changed one bit.