With two outs in the fifth inning, Minnesota Twins infielder Brian Dozier blasted a 2-0 pitch from Marcus Stroman out to deep left center field. Off his bat, it looked like an easy extra-base hit, and probably would have scored the runner from first base.
Not so fast. When Pillar patrols the outfield, there’s no such thing as a sure hit. Pillar tracked the ball from center, covering a ton of ground to try and close the gap. Right when he got close enough, Pillar laid out, diving to make a fantastic grab.
For any other outfielder, it would be a spectacular play. For Pillar, this type of thing is what we’ve come to expect.
After being beat out for a gold glove by Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, Pillar is out for revenge. If it leads to a back-and-forth where the two keep making plays like this, we’re 100 percent on board.
In the meantime, maybe we could give Pillar a cape as a consolation prize? He would get plenty of use out of it, and it would make his “Superman” nickname even more appropriate.
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