ATLANTA — Lorenzo Cain has a long emphasize reel of amazing catches in center field.
And the 2019 Gold Glove Award winner almost made another one in the 4th inning of the Brewers’ 3-0 loss to the Braves on Monday afternoon in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, which put Milwaukee behind 2-1 in the best-of-five set.
Adam Duvall smashed a raised fastball towards the wall in right-center field at Truist Park. Cain ran 97 feet in 5.2 seconds, and he stood out his left arm and captured it as he knocked into the fence. But the ball popped out after Cain fell backwards and arrived at the caution track, permitting Duvall to travel into 3rd for a triple.
“It was an incredible effort and one we’ve seen from Lorenzo time and time again,” stated Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell. “It was, ‘I’m going to catch this baseball.’ He’s putting his body on the line a lot. He was fortunate that he just kind of jammed his [left] shoulder and really just kind of feels, so far, it’s just been muscular, nothing structural. He’s probably going to be a little sore tomorrow, but I’m optimistic [he’ll play].”
Should it have been a catch? No, according to Rule 5.90(a)(1).
The guideline develops that “the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional.”
In this case, it was not deliberate. And that’s what hurt Cain one of the most.
“I was more mad about the ball popping out of my glove than anything,” Cain stated. “Shoulder will be fine. I’m more upset that [the ball] popped out.”
The catch likelihood on the play was just 10 percent, per Statcast, which would have produced a first-class catch. But Cain struck the wall so hard that the ball was dislodged of his glove and he needed to be looked at by the Brewers’ training personnel.
Like traditional Cain, he wound up remaining in the video game. And he doesn’t anticipate to miss out on Game 4 on Tuesday, either.
“I’ll feel a little sore tomorrow,” Cain stated, “but I plan on being in there.”