Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

Right fielder nabs Reyes at home to preserve 8th-inning tie

Throw-lanco: Pirate shows off cannon

PITTSBURGH -- Right fielder Gregory Polanco saved the bacon for the Pirates in the eighth inning of their 5-3 victory over Colorado on Friday night.

With the game tied, 3-3, Polanco caught a one-out line drive from Nolan Arenado and gunned down Jose Reyes at home plate, completing an inning-ending double play.

According to Statcast™, Polanco's throw was tracked at 92.2 mph and covered 207.4 feet to nab the speedy Reyes, who reached a top speed of 20.6 mph.

Statcast™ tracks Friday's top plays

Polanco also went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI hit during the Pirates' go-ahead rally in the eighth inning.

"Greg's confidence continues to grow," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We all remember when he first got up here going to the wall, routes, he was working on everything to get better. ... He's refining his game through hard work every day, through his routine, through his practice. He's getting opportunities in games and he's nailing them come game time in critical situations."

Polanco has been outstanding defensively this year, with nine outfield assists. He also helped erase Nick Hundley's one-out single in the sixth inning Friday, throwing a strike to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who fired to first base to catch a retreating Hundley.

Polanco nabs Hundley

"I'm sure the scouting report probably says something," Josh Harrison said. "But they keep testing him, they keep testing him and they keep getting the same result. I'm cool with it."

 

 

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.