Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Elvis Andrus finds redemption late
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus wasn't happy with himself in the fourth inning on Tuesday. With one out and no one on, Nolan Reimold hit a ground ball to short. Andrus gloved it, made a slight double-clutch and threw to first. He watched as Reimold beat the throw out for an infield hit.
Andrus underestimated the speed of Reimold, a mistake he vows he won't make again.
"As an infielder, you never want that to happen," Andrus said. "That is the second time that's happened to me. The first time was Hunter Pence. I knew he was running because Beltre told me yesterday that he can run. But I didn't know how fast he was. He really was running on that ground ball."
Andrus didn't charge the ball, but said it was a hard-hit ball. He just made his regular throw and didn't realize he needed to get rid of it quicker.
"If tomorrow the same thing happens, I have to be quicker," Andrus said. "I knew he was fast. If it happens, I'll charge it. It's like if Ichiro hits a ball, no matter what you have to charge it. And you have to throw it hard."
Andrus said after that happened, he just really wanted Matt Harrison to get through the inning.
"Once he gets three outs, you feel better," Andrus said.
Manager Ron Washington didn't say anything to Andrus in the dugout about the play and said after the game that Reimold deserves credit for running fast down the line. But Washington knew he didn't need to say anything to Andrus. The shortstop knew he should have made the out and found a way to redeem himself a few innings later.
Andrus had two defensive highlights in a critical seventh inning. He made a backhanded stab on a ground ball by Adam Jones to get the lead runner at second. He then turned a nifty double play, leaping over Jones at second base, landing and then throwing to first to get Vladimir Guerrero.
"It was stuck in my glove," Andrus said. "I was going to grab it and throw. But it stayed in there. I had time, so I jumped and then threw it."