Royals catcher Salvador Perez seemed like he had a sure hit. When the ball travels a recorded 427 feet, why wouldn’t he feel good about it? Tigers outfielder Mikie Mahtook dashed his hopes tonight:
That’s a replacement-level dude chasing down an impossibly deep fly ball that somehow stayed in the park, sacrificing his body at the wall to deny Perez’s booming hit.
This diagram from MLB.com’s Jason Beck shows just how impressive Mahtook’s snag was, as well as the bad luck of Perez and the tremendous center-field distance in Detroit.