Baltimore’s Alexi Casilla makes ridiculous tag on Desmond Jennings

David Brown
Big League Stew

The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for so many runs Sunday, it might be easy to overlook at least one run that didn't score.

Infielder Alexi Casilla of the Orioles made perhaps the nicest tag of the 2013 season, preventing Desmond Jennings of the Rays from stealing second base in the second inning. Casilla took a bad throw from catcher Matt Wieters that pulled him several feet to the right of the bag, but — without looking — Casilla quickly whipped his glove around in time for Jennings to slide into it.

The Orioles won 10-7, but who knows what might happen if Jennings steals second there?

Umpire Lance Barrett was right on top of the play for the call, which gave Jennings his sixth caught stealing instead of his eighth stolen base. As for Wieters, he's allowed 11 steals and caught 12 this season. He and A.J. Ellis are the only qualifying catchers with more caught than steals allowed.

Of course, at least one of those caught should be credited to Alexi Casilla. Let's check it frame-by-frame:

Wieters is rarely off-target by this much. Good luck making the tag, Casilla.

But Alexi has a plan. No looking.

Alexi the contortionist.

Tropicana roof don't lie.

And yer out. Amazing.

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