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Rick Ankiel caught a Carlos Lee popup in shallow center and proceeded to throw a laser throw to home to prevent a sac fly in the sixth. The throw made it to home plate on the tag side and on the fly. Astros leadoff man Jordan Schafer was on third and didn;t even think twice about tagging up and heading for home. Note to base runners; do not run on Ankiel.
“That was a good one,” Ankiel said following the game. “I mean, I was surprised. It’s one of their fastest guys on their team, with the bases loaded, I thought for sure he was going. Ball was in the air and I’m like ‘He’s gotta go.’ But hey, it shows a lot of respect that they didn’t, so, yeah, it makes me feel good.”
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