By Franco Miguel Alvariño
The blopper of the week and, perhaps, of the month, was starred by the Cleveland outfielders, who gave the Cuban Yoan Moncada, a solo home run. This unusual play occurred during the confrontation this Friday between that team and the local Chicago White Sox.
During the conclusion of inning two, Moncada lunged on a sinker 98 miles from pitcher JC Mejía and hit a long shot between left and center fields. On a two-ball count with no strike and no outs on the board of the Guaranteed Rate Field, the Cuban disappeared the ball in an unusual way.
The Cienfuegos connection, at least initially, seemed to be within the field of play. However, the Cleveland patrols launched themselves in search of the Rawlins and neglected the distance between them, thus causing a collision. The ball bounced off the glove of one of them and he hit a home run after the referee called the play.
Between the amazement and euphoria of their fans, the White Sox managed to discount and closed the game with a 2 × 1 slate until that moment. In this way, Moncada’s ninth home run of the season came in the strangest way possible.
After this full-back hit, the Chicago infilder reached nine and, of them, only one has achieved it against monticulistas of the so-called wrong hand. The rest has unleashed them before the shipments of right-handed pitchers, as happened today before Mejía.
His six-year career in the Major Leagues includes a total of 65 home runs, at a rate of 11 per season, so he is heading to equal his averages, as he also heads his wood to hit 100 indisputable. So far it takes 87