Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi made his 2014 season debut Monday night after missing the first 18 games of the season with a broken rib. The 20-year big league veteran went 0-for-4 against Kansas City — and a big reason why was Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
During the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on first and the Indians up 4-3, Giambi faced a defensive shift. Escobar started the play fielded as if he were a runner taking a lead off second base. The Cleveland DH popped one up near the third-base dugout that looked like it would drop for a harmless strike. Instead, Escobar showed incredible range and made a sliding catch. The play drew raves on Twitter.
Amazing aspect of Alcides Escobar's catch in Cleveland: I believe the warning track where he dove is rubber and not dirt. Ouch.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 22, 2014
Alas, Escobar's sparkling defense wasn't enough as the Indians won 4-3.
Moving to the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder got an incredible four-point play from Kevin Durant and a Kendrick Perkins putback at the end of regulation. But the Memphis Grizzlies beat OKC 111-105 in overtime to even their first round playoff series at 1-1.