The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox combined for a fantastic all-around play on Monday night. With nobody out in the top of the first inning, Demond Jennings scored from second on a sacrifice fly. He would not have been able to do so without a great catch by White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton.
Matt Joyce hit a fly ball a long way to center field that looked like it had a chance to leave the park, but Eaton was able to make a leaping catch at the wall to avoid giving up extra bases. To Jennings’ credit, he was thinking two bases the entire time and never hesitated after the catch took Eaton to the ground.
It was the type of rare play that makes both managers smile. The White Sox went on to win 7-3, so Eaton being able to get the first out and prevent what could have been a huge inning was important. Round of applause all around.