When an outfielder has a strong arm, he can afford to make mistakes and still get an out. Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes proved that during Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
With Howie Kendrick on first and one out in a 1-1 game in the bottom of the eighth inning, Mike Trout doubled to left field. Cespedes took his eyes off the ball as he went to glove it on a bounce, and it kicked away from him. That mistake was enough for Angels third base coach Gary DiSarcina to wave Kendrick home.
DiSarcina certainly underrated Cespedes' arm:
The play was upheld after manager Mike Scioscia challenged the ruling. Trout advanced to third on the throw but was left stranded in a game the Angels eventually won 2-1 in extra innings.
The team gave the perfect response via Twitter:
Ok Cespedes. We get it. You have an arm. #Angels— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 11, 2014
Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time Cespedes has shown off his arm against the Angels recently. The tweet above was also surely referencing what happened during the teams' previous series at the end of May, when Cespedes threw out two runners at the plate in one inning:
The Angels shouldn't feel too badly, because they aren't the only team to be thrown out by Oakland's outfielder this year:
Heck of a throw by Yoenis Cespedes vs Angels. His 8 outfield assists this season are most in MLB— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2014
Based on these results, Los Angeles should stop running on Cespedes.