O's center fielder makes two impressive grabs, nails runner at second base
By Connor Smolensky
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' Adam Jones had quite a night in center field, showing why he's a four-time Gold Glove winner.
It started in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-2 win when the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts led off with a line drive off the center-field wall. Jones barehanded the hop and threw a one-hop dart to J.J. Hardy at second base. Bogaerts was initially ruled safe, but after a 25-second replay, the call was overturned.
"He doesn't cede anything," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "'Here's a ball over my head and that's a double. Now let me get to a place where if it comes off clean I've got a play.' He doesn't cede anything. It's infectious."
Two batters later, Jones tracked down a liner to left by Mookie Betts, which he hauled in with a leaping grab.
The O's center fielder got Betts one more time in the fifth on a liner into the right-center gap. Jones sprinted to his left and grabbed the ball with a full-extension dive. According to Statcast™, Jones' top speed on that catch was 18.28 mph, his route efficiency was 97.17 and he traveled 59.69 feet.
"I told him I would have caught that ball standing up but he didn't believe me," said Snider, who played in Pittsburgh from 2012-14. " No, getting to play next to Andrew McCutchen and now Adam Jones, I'm pretty spoiled getting to watch these guys play each night. And he's just a tremendous ballplayer and that was a tremendous play."
Jones also drove in an run in the third with a single up the middle to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.