The details won’t show up in the scorecard, but Angels shortstop José Iglesias made two catches that were anything but routine early in Wednesday’s game against the A’s at Oakland Coliseum.
With the infield shifted to the right side against lefty-hitting A’s DH Mitch Moreland in the second, Iglesias had to cover a ton of ground to reach Moreland’s fly ball to shallow left field. Fighting the bright early afternoon sun, Iglesias had to turn his back to the play and make a last-ditch, no-look stab with his glove as the ball careened downward. Somehow, it ended up in his mitt for one of the most eye-popping plays of the season so far.
An inning later, Iglesias made another theatrical grab, this time racing 102 feet, past third baseman Phil Gosselin, to foul ground for a no-look windmill grab, retiring Tony Kemp to end the frame. Not to be outdone by his first catch, Iglesias again ended up on the grass.