Thursday, May 23, 2013
Web Gem: Andrus' catch helps Wolf to win
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Elvis Andrus's defense hit a slight bump against Oakland with two errors in two games.
He made up for it with a game-saving, over-the-shoulder catch in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the A's at Rangers Ballpark.
It was vintage Andrus. With runners at second and third and no outs, Andrus raced back for a popup off the bat of Oakland's Eric Sogard. With his back to home plate, he looked over his shoulder and made the catch, holding the runners.
Ross Wolf was able to get another popup to Andrus and a groundout to first base to get out of the jam, lining him up for his first major league win.
The 30-year-old Wolf, who hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010, wasn't lost on the meaning of the catch.
"It was awesome," Wolf said. "I didn't see it until I saw the replay."
Andrus, who had made one error in 45 games, made one on a ground ball that just beat him on Tuesday and on a missed flip on a throw trying to start a double play Wednesday.
Nobody remembered either mishap after Andrus' spectacular play.
“Every time someone hits a ball around me, I think I can get it,” Andrus said. “I was really happy I could make that play.”