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Reds rookie Eli De La Cruz made a record-breaking throw in a win over the Giants

Shortstop Eli De La Cruz has only played in 37 major league games so far, but he’s already had several exciting moments in a Cincinnati Reds uniform.

In less than a week, the rookie phenom managed to set and break his own record for the fastest throw on an infield assist. During Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, De Le Cruz launched a 99.8 mph throw at home plate to end any hope Giants infielder Wilmer Flores had of scoring a run.

“I knew on that throw that I was going to be able to throw it as quickly as possible,” De La Cruz said through an interpreter after the game. “I’m always ready to throw whatever it takes.”


20 July 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Eli De La Cruz (44) throws to first base against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

De La Cruz, 21, already has four 95-plus mph infield assists during his young MLB career.

De La Cruz expressed confidence in his ability to throw even faster if needed. “We had to get the guy out of the house. But you know what? I can definitely throw harder than him,” he said.

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After all, De La Cruz’s impressive throw was faster than any pitch the Giants’ starting pitchers or relief pitchers threw during the game. A pitch from one of the relief pitchers, Mauricio Lovera, clocked in at 97.4 miles per hour – under De La Cruz’s impressive throw.

On July 16, during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, De La Cruz advanced to third base where he fielded a ground ball. Moments later he threw a then-record 97.9 mph to record an infield assist.

At the time, the throw was the fastest-tracked infield assist recorded by Statcast.

Eli De La Cruz drew a walk in the first inning.

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Eli De La Cruz (44) runs in the first inning of an MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in downtown Cincinnati. The Reds lead 2-0 after three innings.

De La Cruz’s record-breaking throw ended the fourth inning on Thursday. Flores was on first base when Giants outfielder Luis Matos hit the baseball over the Reds outfielder’s glove for a double.

Instead of stopping at third base, Flores was left at home plate after the outfielder temporarily bobbled the baseball.

Ellie De La Cruz celebrates the win.

Eli De La Cruz #44, TJ Friedel #29, Matt McLean #9, and Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 at Great American Ball Park on July 19, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

De La Cruz was in cutoff man position and received a throw from his teammate in the shallows of the outfield grass. He then threw a lightning fast throw at the plate.

Reds catcher Luke Maile then successfully applied the tag.

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“The thing about Alli, too, is he’s helping us win in a lot of ways,” Reds manager David Bell said after the game. “A lot of that probably goes unnoticed, even though we’re all recognizing what a special player he is. Getting a run off the board in any game is a big deal. It was a big game today.”

Cincinnati beat San Francisco 5-1 and moved 2.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central division.

Source by [Fox News]



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