With one out in the top of the second inning of yesterday’s Reds-Brewers game, Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker smoked a loopy Jimmy Nelson breaking ball on a hard line past center fielder Lorenzo Cain and all the way to the wall. It was a double, easily. Was it a triple? Only for a madman. A madman like Jesse Winker!
The relayed throw beat a huffin’ and truckin’ Winker to third base by, rounding up, roughly a quarter-mile. Look at how far away he is, here, with the ball already in Travis Shaw’s glove:
He’s in outer space! That’s an out. Jesse, buddy, who in the hell do you think you’re kidding.
It took a dreaded video review to get this call right, but Winker was, indeed, safe at third, having bullet-timed his way around Shaw’s glove to reach the base. Here’s the best angle on it:
That’s an extraordinarily well-earned triple. The next two batters struck out swinging to end the inning, but the Reds went on to their fifth straight win anyway, 7-1.