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Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman went all-out on a diving catch to secure a pop-up in the first inning of the Beavers' game against LSU. Kramer Robertson led off with a single but Rutschman was able to find this ball to get the first out and keep the Tigers off the board. This play paved the way for a quick inning after Antoine Duplantis grounded into a double play on the next pitch.
Three Athletics rookies had a day to remember in their 10-2 victory over the White Sox. It was the first game in MLB history to to feature three rookies on the same team hitting their inaugural bombs together. Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman, and No. 1 prospect Franklin Barreto all went deep in the first three innings. Olson even went back for more in seventh for his second career home run.
Twice as Nice
Michael Papierski did everything he could to lead LSU to the CWS finals on Saturday, including sending two baseballs into the stands at TD Ameritrade Park from both sides of the plate. The switch-hitting catcher started the party in the second inning, hitting a home run to right field that scored three. Then in his next at-bat, he went deep to left for a solo home run, enough to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
The LSU-OSU game had more than fierce baseball going on. Little did fans know they’d be treated to a football game and tennis match to boot. Nice sideline catch, Greg Deichmann.
Meanwhile, Oregon State preferred to keep things to the court.
Francisco Lindor flashed the leather with this great diving snag. His throw from one knee had just enough juice to get to the first baseman and save a hit. Cleveland’s star saving the day once again.
Frankie gets fancy! pic.twitter.com/pMNkhWaGzQ— MLB (@MLB) June 24, 2017
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