Rays’ Wander Franco makes incredible bare-handed catch vs Astros
Tampa Bay Rays star shortstop Wander Franco made an unbelievable defensive play Monday evening in a sport towards the Houston Astros.
Within the fifth inning with Martin Maldonado on the plate, the Astros slugger hit the ball towards foul territory. Franco sprinted up the sector and into foul territory to trace down the ball. He appeared to have missed catching the ball in his glove and as a substitute got here up with the ball utilizing his naked hand.
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By the point Franco’s momentum got here to a halt, he was close to the left-field fence – about 315 ft down the third-base line.
The Rays would win the sport, 8-3. Franco was 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Franco is initially of his third full season with Tampa Bay. The Rays acquired out to a sizzling begin, profitable their first 13 video games earlier than shedding their first towards the Toronto Blue Jays. Tampa Bay entered the sport towards Houston with a 19-3 report.
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By means of 21 video games, Franco was hitting .289 with a .908 OPS and 4 house runs. He was 24-for-83 on the plate and has 11 runs scored.
Franco solely performed in 83 video games in the course of the 2022 common season. He was out with strained quadriceps after which wanted to recuperate from hand surgical procedure in the course of the 12 months. He ended up hitting .277 with a .746 OPS and 6 house runs.
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He shall be key for the Rays and their playoff hopes this season.