Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain made a sensational catch to rob Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe of a home run during Thursday's game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Plouffe faced a full count with two outs and a runner on first against talented pitcher James Shields. The 27-year-old Twins infielder hit a shot to deep left-center field near the 411-foot sign—the deepest part of the ballpark.
His long fly ball would be expunged by Cain's defensive brilliance, as the outfielder approached the fence in a composed manner, eyed the ball and perfectly timed his leap to deny Plouffe the two-run dinger.
Shields raised both arms in celebration, but more in visible relief that Cain likely saved what had been a solid effort on the mound to that point.
Shields would pitch one more inning after Cain's catch, finishing the game with two runs allowed in six innings.
It was a critical play to say the least, because had the ball gotten away from Cain's grasp, the home team would have cut the deficit to 5-4. Instead, the three-run lead was preserved, and Kansas City went on to tack on two insurance runs in the top half of the sixth en route to a 7-2 victory.
The Royals extended their winning streak to nine games, while the Twins lost their fourth consecutive ballgame.