Eli De La Cruz of the Reds steals three bases including home

Eli de la Cruz has already declared himself “the fastest man in the world,” and his performance on Saturday afternoon makes that statement even more true.

In the span of two pitches in the top of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, a Cincinnati Reds rookie hit second, third and home run at American Family Field in the team’s 8–5 victory.

According to the FS1 broadcast, the last time a Reds player stole three bases in an inning was in 1919, which was accomplished by Greasy Neale.

He began the frame by breaking a 5–5 tie with a run-scoring single in left field.

But the fun only started when the 21-year-old rising star used his jet to take a quick trip around the base.

With a 1–0 count and Jake Fraley at the dish, De La Cruz flew out to second and beat catcher William Contreras’s throw with a head-first slide.

As the count reached 1-2, the Dominican Republic native went for third base and made it without a throw because third baseman Brian Anderson did not cover the bag.


Eli de la Cruz stole home as Brewers catcher William Contreras waited for a throw in the seventh inning of the Reds’ 8–5 victory.
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Anderson did not stop De La Cruz at third base, and the youngster had a chance to drive home, which he did when Milwaukee reliever Elvis Peguero threw the ball out of home plate.

“I kept keeping an eye on him, to see if he was going back or if he was keeping an eye on me or something like that,” de la Cruz said through a translator. “When I saw him walk back to the mound, he was slow. There was no looking back at number three, so I decided to go there.”

The last player to steal all three bases in a single inning was Miami’s John Burty, in a 3–0 win against the Mets at Citi Field in August. 25, 2020.

Brewers manager Craig Council said, “It’s really on all of us.” “It was a good baseball by him. We weren’t aware enough, like, everywhere, on the field, in the dugout, everywhere.”


Eli de la Cruz (44) celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run.
Eli de la Cruz celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run.
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Reds manager David Bell could only marvel at the rookie’s bravery.

Bell said, “It’s so fun to watch, it’s so fun to be a part of.” “It’s one of those games that’s very rare, especially stealing a base on two pitches like that. The speed is obvious, quite specific speed like we’ve probably never seen before, but also how fast it was.”

In only 29 games, De La Cruz already has 16 steals.

With his 2-for-5 performance, he is now hitting .328 with a .899 OPS.

In just a few weeks of his MLB career, the infielder has taken the baseball world by storm by hitting 15 extra-base hits and hitting for his first cycle in his 15th game.

Between his combination of speed and power, De La Cruz has rightfully emerged as a National League Rookie of the Year favorite.

– with AP

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