There was some fine defending on display at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Thursday.
With the game between the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics tied at seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, star outfielder Cedric Mullins hit a pop fly to right field.
The ball is caught by Ramon Laureniano.
However, Terrin Vavra, who was on third base, decided to test Laureano.
As it turned out, this decision proved costly.
Laureano struck out at the plate to catch Vavra and send the game tied at seven in the ninth inning.
MLB posted a video of the highlights on Twitter.
Laureano Ledger. pic.twitter.com/xDfFDa4aIG
— MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2023
The Orioles would go on to win the game on Adele Ratshman’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
However, things could have been much worse for the A’s if Laureano had not made such an impressive throw to catch Vavra.
The play wasn’t even close.
Vavra was a mile away.
This helped in keeping the game tied.
Still, it was not enough for the A’s to come back and win, as they fell to 3–10 on the young season and remained at the bottom of the American League West division, 4.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels. .
Loriano’s play however was a game-saver, at least for a while.
On Friday the A’s head home and open a three-game weekend series against the New York Mets as the Oakland Coliseum.
James Kaprelyan will start.
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